The news that Sephora has now started shipping (some) products to the UK was music to my ears. Unlike a lot of bloggers, I've not been overseas in quite a while, and I don't think I will be going any time soon. Unfortunately that means I wouldn't have been able to stock up on some brands unavailable to us Brits without the new shipping, unless I begged friends and family. Subject to importing restrictions on certain items such as nail polish, I can now get my hands on the brands I've be craving.
As you have to place quite an expensive order, over £75, one of the first big questions I had was whether I'd be then faced with a nice duty and tax bill once my box of goodies arrived. I was pleasantly surprised that Sephora were true to there word and this is included, so no nasty surprises. I will also say that the tracking and packaging of said items its great and my parcel came a whopping week earlier than estimated! Shipping is £10 once you have added £75 worth of products into you basket (don't forget you will have duty & taxes on top of this but will pay it in the checkout). As I mentioned above, you can't get your hands on nail products such as Formula X which is upsetting, but I expected it. Similarly, there's quite a lot of brands such as Hourglass and Soap & Glory which won't be eligible for shipping (full list here NB: this list includes Josie Maran, and as you can see I got a blush so not sure on that one) but the majority of these are freely available in the UK, so no tears lost. Oh and as an added bonus, you can select up to 3 samples with your order!
Now onto my haul. I've been quite mean with the photo above and for that I am apologizing. I'm not giving too much away with some of the shades etc. because I'm doing full posts on everything and this post would end up extremely long if I did include photographs of each product. That being said, I have been asked countless times what I got when I had a splurge, so rather than keep you all in suspense and repeat myself listing items, I decided I'd do a haul post.
I decided to stick with things I couldn't get freely in the UK to justify the extra costs. After seeing Estee rave about the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation, it was one of the first things to make its way into my shopping basket. I've never tried a mineral foundation so I also picked up the Tarte Airbuki Brush. Based on the provisional product list for the Tarte QVC launch, this isn't going to be available so I'm really glad to have this in my life. The other base product I got was the Lorac Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder in Spotlight. I really wanted to try something from Lorac and as this powder was in the sale, I couldn't resit. On first inspection it seems to be more of a finishing powder than a highlighter, but I'm going to have a play.
Since summer I have become a blush addict. It's actually getting quite ridiculous the rate I'm picking them up. The newest additions to my collection are the Kat Von D Everlasting Blush in Bellisima which is a beautiful peach powder blush, meant to last 24 hours! The second blush I picked up was the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gel in Getaway Red. I was completely stuck for choice on choosing a shade because they are all so wearable, but I settled on this red as apart from NARS Exhibit A, I don't have anything else similar. I really excited to try the formula as it includes Argan Oil and looks almost like a balm-like texture. Keeping on the red theme, I may have got a bit giddy and got Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Surrender Dorothy, a red with orange undertones. The packaging alone has me in love. I'm now just waiting for the right occasion to use it!
Of course I couldn't place an order to Sephora without getting some bits from Sephora's own line. Whenever I read/watch anyone's Sephora Hauls, the brands brushes always rate highly. I've never seen anything like the Pro Visionary Face Blender Brush (maybe a bit like the Illamasqua Blush Up Brush?) but I thought it would make an amazing multi-tasker brush, and particularly good for contouring this summer. I also got the Classic Must Have Precision Cream Shadow Brush. I usually use my fingers for cream shadows and have actually been on the search for a better alternative. After reading the reviews, I was quickly sold, so hopefully this will become a staple in my collection. Make-up wise I was transfixed with their MicroSmooth collection, and picked up a Baked Blush Duo in Tea Rose Tickle and a highlighter in Stardust. Whilst I thought the duo was an impulse buy and caught my eye, the highlighter is said to be a great dupe for NARS Albatross.
What a mammoth haul! As I said, I will be reviewing all the products I got in a lot more detail, so make sure you follow so you don't miss anything!
Have you got anything from Sephora? What's on your wishlist?