I got a 50$ gift card to Sephora last week, and since I’m not a gigantic fan of going to the mall, I figured I’d use it online. It was definitely going to take some shopping cart acrobatics to use as much of the 50$ as possible, but I did pretty darn good. I got up to 49.64$. Aw yeah 💪🏻
I’ve been hearing about the Bobbi Brown Face Base for months and months, people rave and love it, so of course I wanted to check it out. The regular size though? 60$. That’s an expensive try. Luckily Sephora sells minis of a lot of popular products, so I ordered just that:
It was 20$, which I can spend without cringing, and honestly if i like it, I’m just going to continue buying the 20$ size.
It’s not itty bitty, the packaging is NICE, it’s heavy and they didn’t skimp.
The consistency is the kind I really like, it’s not too thick and not too thin, and it feels slightly waxy/silicone-y like a primer does, but it feels more moisturizing if that makes sense. And the smell. Oh em gee. It smells like a light sweet lemon, like a lemon baked good, but it’s not pledge-y (sometimes lemon scented products can smell like cleaners to me). Definitely a good choice.
I’m always on the hunt for beauty sponges, and these are super cute. They tear in half for better application as well. I REFUSE to pay 20$ for one Beauty Blender, I’m not gonna do it, especially when I’ve found some awesome AF sponges for a buck or 2. But 20$? For the name? Nope. Not me.
I’ve been hearing so much about this stuff:
It’s a mini as well, with the same thought process of not wanting to pay full price just to try something. It’s got to be easier than having to wash brushes constantly to switch colors. I’ll give a report on how well it works!
Now for the samples, freebies, and point redemption goodies. And there are a few.
Yessss-a trial size of Fenty Pro Filter Foundation! There was a code to enter at checkout for this and I was all too eager-I’ve been wanting to try this but didn’t want to have to buy a full size-then I’m stuck with a 32$ foundation that doesn’t work for me. I’ve been in Sephora several times and swatched the Fenty, reswatched with different shades, put it in my shopping bag, put it back on the shelf, swatched it-you get the picture. This trial size saves the day. I squirted a drop on my wrist to see if the shade matched well (it did) and was surprised at how full coverage it seems. Very excited to try this out.
Next, got me a sample size of Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquid Lip-it’s in the shade Demi-Glace. It’s beautiful actually, a chocolate mauve I’d say?
It smells like chocolate mint. Really happy with this shade, and I’ve been wanting to try Bite Beauty, so win win.
I got a Barbie sized sample of Dior moisturizer-the full-size is something like 68$, a big no way. It’s tiny-
You know what? I’m unimpressed. It’s got a light, not overpowering perfume-like scent, the moisturizer itself is rather thin as well. I’ll take the Bum Bum cream or even Dove over this any day. No bueno.
I got one of these little Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serums last year as my “birthday gift” from Sephora and I LOVE it. I used every last drop. So, needless to say I was pretty happy to spend 100 points for it.
It’s a great little serum. I’m a fan of the Caudalie brand anyway, but this is truly nice. I’m not sure how much the full size is but I’m fairly certain I’m allergic to the price.
Lastly, I got some foundation samples from Makeup Forever and CoverFX (there’s a sample of IT cleanser in there too):
I own the CoverFX Natural Finish Foundation and I really do like it-so I’ve wanted to try the new Power Play so I lucked out, it appears.
I’ve heard good things about the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation as well-we shall see!
That’s my itty bitty mini haul-it’s mostly samples and trial sizes, funnily enough, and I’m ok with that because I love me some samples and trial sizes. On first pass it seems the only dud is the Dior Moisturizer, and I can honestly say I’m not surprised. The name on the product does NOT always mean quality. I’m just glad I didn’t have to pay 70$ in that case to find out!
Stay cool, y’all-it’s toasty out there.
Talk soon, Lovelies