Friday, May 3, 2013

Sephora haul-the biggest haul EVER!! (Ever ever...)

So, if you read my blog you'll know recently it was my mum's 60th birthday and I took her, as a surprise to New York.  We had been before together 3 times, but we hadn't been since I moved to Dubai 8 years ago so it was high time we hit NYC again for a few days of sightseeing, eating, drinking and of course shopping!

Whether I had a blog or not I was bound to go wild in the aisles as soon as I hit US soil in any store that was vaguely beauty related.  And of course Sephora was number one on my hit list.  I know I have spent a lot, please don't think I am showing off as I don't intend for it to come across that way.  This blog is very photo heavy-I haven't gotten round to trying most of the things yet but reviews will follow as and when-this is just a sneaky peek at the beauty products that stole my heart.  I tried to focus on brands that I cannot get in Dubai (some you can get in the UK but the US tends to be cheaper for the brands I have bought like Nars etc). 

I shopped at the Sephora's on 5th Avenue, Times Square and 42nd Street-I found the staff to be really helpful generally.  I swear every time I queued at the checkout my bill doubled because of all the tempting trial size goodies they have at the checkouts.  Seriously, it's a fantastic idea but a killer for the bank balance!

The chaos of unpacking
The polishes I picked-Illamsaqua Scarce, Juleps Christina, Butter London MacBath and Illamasqua Lament

First base-Tarte Clean Slate Poreless primer, Murad Blemish and Shine control primer, Houglass duo-Veil and No28 primers-trial sizes

Benefit Fake Up (wasn't released in the UK at the time)

Nars blush in Amour

Nars blush in Orgasm (a spare, you know, just in case)
Nars blush in Sin

Nars The Multiple in Portofino

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Doll Face and Tipsy

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Tipsy

Tarte Amazonian Clay blush in Doll Face

Stila convertible colour in Gladiola and Sweet Pea (recommendations by Essie Button and Will Work For Makeup)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim and Mood light

Brows and lashes-Anastasia Brow Prep (trial size), mini tweezerman tweezers, Tarte Emphaseyes Amazonian Clay brow pencil, Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting pencil, DJV Beautemizer Fiberwig mascara

Tarte Glamazon lipstick in Bold, Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in 16 Fuschia, Buxon Big and Healthy Lip Cream in Pink Lady, Berry Blast and Creamsicle.  Front-Nars lipstick in Dressed to Kill, Le Rouge Givenchy in Magnolia Organza and Rose Dressing

Le Rouge Givenchy in Rose Dressing
How stunning are these leather bound lipsticks by Givenchy

Exquisite packaging

Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Muse

Bite Lip Layers in Pomegranite (left) and Vidal

OCC lip tars in Trollop, Strumpet, Pretty Boy and Queen
Stila eyeshadows in Kitten, Oasis, Grace and La Douce

Eyeshadow compacts-Kat Von D, Hourglass, Josie Maran, Disney for Sephora, Smashbox, Lancome and Nars

Beautiful palette from Lancome-Taupe Craze

Josie Maran Argan Beautiful Eyes in Beautiful Purples

Disney Collection Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette

Disney Collection Magic Carpet Ride Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Shade Shifter eyeshadow in On The Road-this is utterly beautiful but didn't photograph well.  It looks different in different lights-this is a beautiful bronze/green colour

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette-Ludwig

Nars eyeshadow duo in Kalahari

Hourglass Visionaire eyeshadow duo in Exhibition

Urban Decay make up setting sprays-trial size

 Origins goodies-Mega Bright Serum, High Potentcy Night A Mins, Clear Improvement (trial size) and Out of Trouble face mask

Philosophy Hope In A Jar (trial size), Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Hydrating Gel, Murad Acne Spot treatment

Caudalie Divine Oil and Josie Maran Argan Oil (both trial sizes)

Benefit Dr Feelgood and Dr Jart BB cream (both trial sizes)

Ole Henriksen Total Truth eye creme and Ole Henriksen Truth Serum and total truth eye cream (trial size)

Peter Thomas Roth Age Defense Kit

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Brightening Serum

Ralph Lauren Romance Eau De Parfum rollerball

The freebies I picked up along the way.....

Sephora freebies from Laura Mercier, Bumble and Bumble, Benefit, Kate Somerville and Living Proof

Laura Mercier flawless best seller kit

Living Proof instant texture volumiser.

Sephora make up bag and Kate Somerville night cream

Benefit Birthday gift and Bumble and Bumble thickening hairspray
This post forms part of a series of posts I have done for various hauls during my 2 week trip to the UK and US-you can read the other haul posts so far by clicking the following links Dubai Duty Free, Debenhams Manchester, UK online and UK drugstore

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  1. Hi there.... Any idea how is sephora Dubai return policy, just bought the wrong shade of foundations

  2. *eyes turn into hearts* So many goodies! You must be so excited to try them! I would have shopped up a storm as well had I gone to the US.


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