Now before we begin, my bestie got these from me on her recent trip to Dubai. Sadly, my feet haven't left London, let alone England since I got back from Ibiza :( So whilst she was there I got her to pick me up a couple of things that I've seen floating around on blogs and YouTube. I probably got this about two weeks ago, so whilst it's a haul post, I will also do first impressions on some of these.
I've heard so much about Sephora's own range through YouTube and I'm so gutted that when I lived in Italy about 3 years ago that I was not interested in make-up or skincare (I probably saved myself a fortune though). So I decided that I really wanted some of their own brand as it was something I certainly couldn't get over here. I know you can order Sephora online but I really don't want to - I don't even know if their own brand ships to the UK.
I chose the Sephora Green Tea sleeping mask because I can be incredibly lazy when it comes to skincare sometimes and anything that allows me to skip some of my night time routine is a winner in my books. I've used the green tea sleeping mask twice now; I wash my face, apply my Serozinc and then put this over it. I like using this, it's a gel formula and doesn't have any scent (at least not that I've noticed). The Green Tea mask is supposed to 'absorbs excess sebum and purifies for a matte, clean complexion.' and because I have oily skin I wanted to get this. I can't vouch for any of the claims as this has to be used over a long period of time, but after washing it off in the morning my skin does feel fresh.
I also wanted to get a regular mask so I chose the Sephora Lingzhi Mask, I didn't expect it to be a sheet mask (actually it's a fiber sheet mask) but I thought it would contain the product and you just squeeze it out and put it on your face. So I'm looking forward to trying it, the Lingzhi mask is the anti-ageing mask that aims to 'create the appearance of smoother, plumper, and younger-looking skin.' It hit me some time in the past two months that turning 25 next year means that I will have to start using this anti-ageing stuff, whilst I'm not old it will certainly creep up on me! I haven't had the chance to use this mask yet.
The amount of stuff I've heard about the Peter Thomas Ross Pumpkin Enzyme mask is unbelievable. I didn't think I'd actually get to try it until I went to New York next year, and stupidly I was thinking about actually buying the full size. That is until I was looking on the website for the name and thought actually they must have a sample set and found this, meaning I got to try three masks instead of one!
The Mini Mask Magic Kit is apparently exclusive to Sephora and contains:
- Cucumber Gel Mask - helps to soothe, hydrate, and detoxify dry, irritated skin
- Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask - contains cutting-edge plant biotechnology that isolates and replicates the perfect rose stem cells for maximum age repair
- Pumpkin Enzyme Mask - a powerful and highly effective exfoliating treatment that addresses a dull, aging, and congested complexion
So far I've only tried the Rose Stem gel mask and the Pumpkin Enzyme mask, and both of these I have only used once. I don't think I can really say much after one use about their effects, but I didn't feel any stinging upon application. The sample sizes are good enough to get a week or two weeks use out of them - so maybe I'll have more to report on later!
The final thing was the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red. At least I hope it's in that colour, it says 01 so should be. I wanted more of these but they didn't have any of the other colours I requested. I stay away from red lipsticks because I'm yet to find one with the right tone that suits me. When I tried this on when I got it I was like yes maybe this would work, but then I put it on again on Thursday last week to go to work and was aah no. I think it's probably just a case of me not being used to red lipstick now, and it being winter that made me want to have a darker colour on my lips. So I went over this with one layer of my Revlon 'Black Cherry' and ended up with a dark red colour which I loved - I even got a compliment about it at work saying it suited me so yay! The colour last for over 8 hours with me drinking and eating (for reference the Revlon lipstick is a creme one so tend to wear off during the day) and I didn't have to touch up. I could have course have touched up but I'm hella lazy and I spent two hours of that day freezing my nuts off so I didn't really care how my lipstick looked.
So that's it for the Sephora purchases. I have a feeling I'm going to do a lot damage to my bank account when I head to New York in May!