Hello! It seems like all my posts have "Opening and Review" in the title nowadays! I feel like I need to branch out and focus on some other things besides on the stuff I buy. I was thinking about doing an "Empties" video and blog post, but I never really seem to accumulate that many empty products. Since I love trying new things, I'm always switching up the products I use and generally give my mom and sister anything I didn't use much of (or at all). I was also thinking of doing a "Hit or Miss" type of video/post, which would be more doable since I do try out so many new things, so be on the lookout for that!
Onto what this post is all about: my most recent order from Sephora.com!
Look at all that paper! I actually like to save it and reuse it for packing material; my husband and I (actually, just my husband) sell a lot of stuff on eBay so it's super handy to have all this extra packing stuff laying around. So on the very top of my order, as always, are the three samples I picked. Sephora also snuck in one of their fragrance cards; this one for Honey by Marc Jacobs. I feel like Sephora is really pushing their fragrances this summer since people really don't tend to buy more than one a year (if that). I know I never really need to purchase a full sized bottle of perfume ever again since I have so many little sample vials laying around.
I think I'll continue with the "add-on" theme and move onto my birthday gifts next. One of the perks of being a Beauty Insider with Sephora is that, every year during your birth month, you're eligible for a special free gift!
The next little add-ons to my order are my two 100-point reward items.
I've been trying to "shake up" my skin care routine, so I really wanted to get the special VIB SkinIQ Sampler Pack.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial: This is the only product I've tried out of the pack so far. It's a lotion you use at night and it's supposed to be super moisturizing. I think it was too hydrating for me; it made me break out pretty badly. It also has this weird smell, kind of like a medicinal cream, but that may have be because I've had it sitting out open for a little while.
Algenist Pore Correcting Anti-Aging Primer: I've had a lot of luck with Algenist products in the past, so this is a nice sample to get. Unfortunately, Algenist products tend to be a little out of my price range so even if I do really like this product, I probably won't purchase the full size. It does have silicone in it, which my skin really, really doesn't like (when ever I use a silicone-based primer I turn red and break out terribly), so I may or may not use this.
Clarins Body Lift Cellulite Control: This is a special cream for your legs and, ahem, bottom (the directions say to apply it anywhere from the ankles to the waist) to help combat cellulite. It sounds like it's a firming cream (it amuses me that they describe it as a "superficial tightening effect"). Luckily I don't have too much cellulite, but since I now have a desk job and am at risk to develop more, I might give this one a try.
Murad Essential-C Day Moisture: This is a little packet (I think it's the littlest one in the pack) of a moisturizer/sunscreen combo. It's broad spectrum and has an SPF of 30 which is great. I have a lot of SPF stuff from my Sun Safety kit that I still haven't used, but honestly, you can never have enough sunscreen (well, you can, especially if you have so much that it expires before you can use it).
Ole Henriksen Perfect Truth CC Eye Creme: I thought this was kind of a unique product; I've heard of CC creams before, but not one that's specifically for your eye area. I feel like my eye area really lacks sun protection a lot of the time; most products you use on your face you can't really use around your eye area since chemical sunscreens can be very irritating (but mineral ones are generally fine). The SPF on this CC cream is a little low at 15, but I'll take whatever I can get. The color is "natural", so I'm not too sure if it will work with my skin tone or not.
Shiseido Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum: I take back what I said about the Murad packet, I'm pretty sure this is the smallest one! There's not really a description of what this is supposed to do on the packet (it does have directions on how to use it, at least. I've gotten samples that don't explain how to even use it...). I just looked it up on Sephora.com and holy cow is it expensive! I'm just going to quote what it says in the description on the site: "Restore your complexion's ability to produce collagen, elastin, and
hyaluronic acid for timeless skin. See results in just one day thanks to
a revolutionary new ingredient: Bio-Corrective Complex. This
youth-restoring powerhouse delivers visible improvement from the very
first application, imparting radiance and smoothness to aging skin." Very interesting, will definitely give this one a try.
Sephora Age Defty Eye Cream: This seems like your run-of-the-mill eye cream. It doesn't seem to have anything super special or gimmicky about it, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I tend to shy away from Sephora's in-house branded products only because if I'm going to shop at Sephora, I might as well buy from a brand. Most of the time the products even cost the same! I blame stores like Target and Wal-Mart though for cultivating the idea that in-store brands are "generic" and thus should be less expensive.
Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: I like how the directions on this packet say to use it both am and pm; not too sure I'd want to use an energizing product before going to bed... I'm curious if this has any special energizing ingredients in it or if it's a more smell/feeling based type of energizing (like when you use citrusy soap in the morning).
Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Youth Activating Oil: I didn't realize there was a sample of this in this pack! As you can see above, I also picked up the 100-point deluxe sized sample of this product. It doesn't seem like you use a lot of this product when you put it on (especially since it's just a mix of different oils) so I'm going to be set for a long time.
On to the meat and potatoes of my order: the items I actually ordered!
Because I hate paying for shipping, I picked up a replacement head for my Clarisonic to help bring my total to $50.
Unfortunately, I was still about $1 short of free shipping, so I threw one more item in my order.
And that's my most recent order from Sephora.com! Nothing too extreme or super special, but I was able to get a bunch of fun, "free" (not sure if the 100-point rewards count as free since you have to spend money to earn the points..) extras that I really wanted to share with you guys.
Thanks for reading! <3