Friday, February 1, 2013

Sephora Haul - January 2013

Featuring Tarte & Make Up For Ever

6 free samples, Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, Tarte Awaken Your Complexion Kit

Above is the Sephora Haul that I received in early January.  I also ordered Sephora by OPI Nifty Shades of Grey nail polish, but it was missing from the shipment.  I called Sephora to let them know of the missing item and they shipped it out immediately and I received it in two days.  This is the first time something has been missing from a shipment from Sephora.  It always pays to look at your invoice and make sure you received everything that was suppose to be shipped.  I changed what was in my cart so many times before I submitted my order, I didn't have it memorized.  I was busy that day and after a couple of hours it dawned on me that the polish was missing!  Usually I check every package as soon as I receive it.  Wouldn't you know that the one time I didn't check my order against the invoice I would be missing an item!  Included in this order:
  1. Stella McCartney L.I.L.Y Perfume (free sample)
  2. Pacco Rabanne Lady Million Perfume (free sample)
  3. Pacco Rabanne 1 Million Perfume (free sample)
  4. Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara (deluxe sample)
  5. Lancome (deluxe sample)
  6. Makeup For Ever Pro Finish Powder Foundation 115 Pink Ivory (deluxe sample)
  7. Makeup For Ever HD Microfinish Powder To Go - $16
  8. Tarte Awake Your Complexion Kit in Fair - $32
I received this order for about $8, since I had store credit from a defective product.  I ordered the Taylor Swift Perfume Wonderstruck Enchanted and the bottle was leaking.  I could smell it before I even opened it.  They shipped me a second bottle and that one was leaking too!  So I recommend purchasing that perfume in person and make sure you can't smell it through the sealed packaging!  Also, store that bottle only upright and not on furniture that it could ruin.  I used a coupon code for the deluxe sample of the Makeup For Ever Powder Foundation, used two 100 point rewards for the other two deluxe samples and Mr. Rebates for cash back.  Don't forget to use Mr. Rebates for coupon codes and cash back on every order!

The Tarte Kit is very nice and a very good value.  I had tried the Maracuja oil before and it's very moisturizing, great for the winter months when even oily skin gets dry patches.  It's recommended as a night time moisturizer. The concealer and the matching brush are ok.  I find the concealer is very heavy and you need to be careful not to use much, it seems a bit oily.  It takes a lot of pressure to get it out of the tube.  Not sure if I have a defective tube?  So I'm still on the search for a concealer that I like enough to repurchase.  I prefer Bare Escentuals' concealer brush.  The finishing powder is ok, but I really don't see a difference, maybe I need to use more of it. It also came with a sample of the eye cream which is just ok.  Frankly, that small of sample can't really tell you if you love it, only if you have a bad reaction to it!

After seeing so many beauty gurus on YouTube recommend Makeup For Ever Powder, I purchased it to give it a try.  I'm not seeing a difference, perhaps I need to use more.  I think I get better results from Bare Escentuals' Mineral Veil.  I'm regretting this purchase.

On to the samples, I'm not crazy about the Lancome sample.  It's nothing special.  Love the Tarte Mascara, it's nice and light and it doesn't feel like your wearing mascara.  I hate heavy mascaras, they usually irritate my sensitive eyes and I can't wait to remove them.  I like both versions of the Million Pacco Rabanne perfume.  I purchased the male version for my husband when the new version first came out.  In fact, hubby was wearing Pacco Rabanne when I first met him, so I'm very found of that brand for men's perfume!  There are too many other perfumes I like more for myself, so I wont be purchasing the female version.  The L.I.L.Y perfume is nice, but not something I would purchase.  I haven't tried the Make Up For Ever powder foundation yet, but I will soon since I'm really anxious to see if I like it.

So that's it for this shipment.  See what I received in Previous Shipments:

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  1. I have also not seen a difference when using Makeup For Ever Powder - I adore BE's Mineral Veil! I have not found a product yet to top the way it works on me. Thank you for your post!

    1. Oh, good to hear I'm not the only one who thinks it's not making a difference. I can't use BE's Mineral Veil anymore, shows horizontal lines.


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