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Sephora VIB haul round 2


I went to Sephora again yesterday with angelandthings to haul some more goodies! This one was definitely not as large as the one I’d made last week – not for lack of trying, though. I very honestly just ran out of “immediate wants” 😛 And I suppose, immediate cash, too…

Left to right:

  1. Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline eau de toilette sample
  2. Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst sample
  3. Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose
  4. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 3 Silver
  5. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream in 20 Intense Blue
  6. Laura Mercier Eye Canvas in EC-1

Despite the fact that I only hauled 4 items, the bill came up to about 2/3 of the first one! *gloom*

I’m really going on a MUFE Aqua Cream binge, aren’t I? I think I may be trending towards getting the entire collection… except all the red-pink-orange lip/cheek colours. It’s still silly, I know, especially since I don’t wear makeup on a regular basis, and when I do, I’m quite tame in terms of colour and vibrancy.

MUFE Aqua Creams retail for $25 CAD and are available in 22 shades, 21 of which are available in North America. For some reason, the 19th shade is missing from our range. Still, the 20 Intense Blue (bright blue sheen) and 3 Silver (true silver shimmer) are beautiful colours. The only thing is trying to figure out if I’ll ever have the courage to wear them. Or at least an appropriate occasion (*cough* excuse).

I wanted to buy another lipstick (my second one!) in perhaps a more adventurous colour. It turns out that I’m not very adventurous at all…! The sales associate (SA) tried Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Creme Lipstick in Tangerine Tango Cream (vivid opaque tangerine) on me – which the SA and angelandthings both loved. I, on the other hand, was under the impression that my lips were stained from eating an orange Popsicle. I also tried various corals and reds and nudes, which all seemed to make me look strange, vampiric, or corpse-like, respectively (according to me). Maybe I’m not used to seeing different colours on my lips… but I think I’m just a wuss with lip colour: I ended up getting Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose.

Primrose seems just slightly pinker than the NARS Dolce Vita, which I hauled last week. angelandthings thinks that Dolce Vita is very sheer, but perhaps that’s a good thing for me – I like my natural lip colour (when they’re not overly dry and discoloured), so anything that will just help enhance that is perfect. I’ll definitely have to compare these two in detail though… especially since they seem so similar in colour, and Smashbox lipsticks are only $22 CAD compared to NARS at $30 CAD!

For those of you who have been reading my posts, you’ve probably caught on to the fact that I complain a lot about the ability of my eyelids to retain eyeshadow, despite the numerous primers and bases I’ve tried. A while ago, an SA suggested Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics as an eyeshadow primer/base, but I was unable to get a sample and was unwilling to dish out $27 CAD on a product I was skeptical of. Here’s what it looks like:

Sephora categorizes Eye Basics as an eyeshadow, actually. It comes in 6 shades and according to Sephora’s description:

This elegant creme evaporates to a dry finish, and leaves behind long-lasting semi-matte color. Water-resistant and crease-proof, it corrects imperfections and discoloration on the lid.

I wasn’t sure I wanted to try an “eyeshadow” as a primer, especially when I’d never heard of it before and so obviously never read reviews on it. The description on the little tag in store didn’t mention anything about it being a primer, either.

A newer Laura Mercier product caught my eye, though: Eye Canvas (rightmost).

Sephora’s description on the website is as follows:

An eye primer that transforms your eyelid into the perfect canvas for eye makeup application. This innovative formula acts like a foundation for your eye, neutralizing the eyelid by providing lightweight coverage—all while extending makeup wear and preventing creasing and smudging throughout the day. Apply as the third step to the flawless face to perfect the eyelids.

On the description tag in store, Eye Canvas was also indicated as oil-absorbing – which was what made me pick it up over Eye Basics. I’m a little irked that it wasn’t indicated as such on the website – does that mean it’s not actually oil-absorbing?

I picked up Eye Canvas in EC-1 (light ivory), which retails for $32 CAD. I don’t have high hopes for this product, since no raved-about eyeshadow primer has worked for me thus far. But I’m willing to try it – only because Sephora has such a great return policy, though.

I’ve been wanting a moisturizing mask, and had wanted to pick up Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin’s Thirst, but they were completely sold out! An SA gave me a sample – and that was all that was left in the sample tube on display. It smells delectable, but I don’t know if that amount will be enough to try this mask out properly. Guess I’ll have to wait until the next Sephora event to pick it up full-sized, which retails for $26 CAD.

As the SA popped the perfume sample into my bag at checkout, I was told that the Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline eau de toilette was a new fragrance that Sephora was carrying. In the sample card:

As luminous as crystal
Pure and sensual
A floral and feminine signature

The fragrance seems light without being overbearing (I didn’t actually spray this – only sniffed the bottle from the outside). What interests me the most about this is the packaging for the full-sized bottle:

It seems that Crystalline was actually the first Omnia fragrance made, with Coral being the newest. Perhaps the SA just meant that it was a new fragrance they were carrying in their particular store, not a new fragrance as a whole. Either way, I love the bottle shape! Next time (if I remember), I’m going to check out all 4 of these fragrances just to see if I’d like them 🙂

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Author: pearlessence

She who loves shopping, baking, gaming, and all things Disney! All on a student's meager budget :)

18 thoughts on “Sephora VIB haul round 2

  1. I love origins!
    can you do a swatch of the lipsticks?

  2. Love your other giant haul! Makes me feel a better that I’m not the only one spending that much 😛
    Love the lipstick color too! I didn’t have a chance to visit Sephora today 😦 Goodbye 15% off until god knows when.

    • Oh don’t worry, it shouldn’t be that rare, right? I remember one last semester, so it can’t be that bad (not that I bought anything that time). Besides, save some purchases for GWP’s! 😛

  3. Eeee! I love Origins! Some of their things are totally over-priced, but I’ve always wanted to try that hydrating mask you got a sample of 🙂 The one product by Origins that I’m 100% certain I will buy again, though, is their VitaZing! Didn’t think I’d like it as much, but the bottle lasted me over a year, and it really helps refresh how I look in the morning (ie, like crap ;).

  4. I am sooooo jealous! Girl you have great taste.

  5. Wow! That was a lot of new products that you bought. 🙂

  6. Great haul! Have you tried Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance? It’s the eyeshadow primer that I swear by. I give it a few seconds to dry before putting on my eyeshadow and I never see a crease in them.

  7. Super cute lipsticks! Nice haul!

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  9. I love the Bulgari Cristalline…but I love the new Coral more…those are some of my favorite scents…so pretty and feminine.

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