Hey everyone!! If you’ve been following me on instagram and watch my stories you’ll already know that I was finally able to break away from my no-buy for a day or two because I received some belated birthday money. I wasn’t expecting anything so I was really surprised. With the house purchase looming one week away and our massive downpayment about to leave our bank accounts I’ve been super insistent on not spending money beyond what we need to pay bills and buy food.
It’s been hard but it was also a good exercise in self control. I was starting to get a little too spendy for my own liking at the end of 2018 so the cold turkey no-buy has been good for me. After two months of not making any purchases beyond the necessities it was really nice to give myself a free pass to spend my birthday money guilt free. I picked up a few skincare products I’ve been meaning to try from Sephora as well as a new collab from one of my favourite YouTubers! Unfortunately the collab products haven’t arrived yet so you’ll have to wait until next week. It should be here by then… I hope…
My first Sephora Haul of the year!
This haul is pretty small but I still wanted to share the products I got so you guys know what reviews to expect from me soon. I love that Sephora sells The Ordinary (again), which is probably the most affordable brand to ever sit on their shelves. Unfortunately the brand is only sold online and not in stores. I picked up one of The Ordinary’s very affordable skincare products, a not-so affordable product from Tarte, a makeup product and a free deluxe mini. Let’s start with the most expensive product.
This collagen serum from the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea collection retails fro $47CAD. It isn’t nearly as expensive as products from Tatcha, Drunk Elephant, etc… But it’s a lot of money to spend on a skincare product without having tried it first.
The clinical results of this serum sounded promising though, as did all the reviews on Sephora. My face looks to me like it’s aged 5 years this winter. My husband says I’m crazy and look the same but I can definitely see texture and fine lines that weren’t there in the Summer! I’m hoping that this serum will help re-hydrate my skin and restore it to it’s former glory. I’ll let you know how it goes. The bottle is gorgeous!
Vitamin C has anti-aging and firming properties. I’m a little nervous to try this product because most vitamin C (L-Absorbic Acid) products contain only a 5 – 15% concentration. I’ve read that higher amounts of it can cause discomfort and irritation so I’m going to go very slow with this product.
According to the ordinary “A very strong tingling but non-irritating sensation is expected during the first 1-2 weeks of use until the skin’s tolerance to such high exposure is elevated. If the sensation is too strong to tolerate, the formula can be mixed on each application with other creams or serums of your preference.”
I will also have to let you know how this product works out for me. It was only $5 something so if it doesn’t work out I won’t be overly disappointed. Now let’s move onto the makeup!
The Morphe Eyelid Primer was the most inexpensive eyeshadow primer that I could find at Sephora. This tube is full sized and retailed for $13CAD, as opposed to $28.50 for the Urban Decay Primer potion that I love. The Primer potion only contains 0.03oz more than the Morphe primer so this one is a much better deal. Does it work though? That will be the real test of if I got a bargain or not. Creasing and fading eyeshadow is the worst, so I really hope that Morphe’s Eyelid Primer holds up!
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette that I reviewed a while back so I’m curious to see if the shadows will perform any better with Morphe’s own primer.
Hold up, wasn’t CT in my 2019 Beauty Brand Anti-Haul? Why yes it was! However, I didn’t actually spend money on this CT setting powder. This is a mini that came free with my order and there was only one other product I could have chosen. Has anybody noticed that Sephora used to have a TON of beauty offer deluxe minis and now there are only ever one or two at a time?
My reason for including Charlotte Tilbury on my anti-haul list was because of how expensive her products are, so I don’t mind trying one for free. I have nothing against the brand other than the prices not fitting my budget!
Oddly enough this is the shade Medium and it works pretty well for my fair skintone. How strange! A lot of reviews on Sephora were saying that this powder oxidizes and turned their skin orange… but I haven’t noticed that at all. It’s not a bad powder, but it’s pricey for what it is.
What have you bought at Sephora or any other beauty retailer lately?
As I said, this is a pretty small haul. I’m still trying to save money and I just ordered some products from the ColourPop Spring Collection so I had to keep this one small. The April VIB sale should be coming up soon though, and I’ve already chosen a few products that I’d like to add to my collection. Stay tuned for my elf haul, ColourPop haul, and my VIB sale haul in April/May! Thanks for reading x