November Sephora Haul

Seeing that I had less than $100 to spend before reaching VIB status, I decided last month to finally check off some items from my wish list. Also with flash shipping, I really had nothing to lose. Here’s what I purchased.



Clockwise from top left:

NUDESTIX Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Mini Set – I had received one of their matte pencils when I attended Generation Beauty in SF earlier this year. I liked how long it lasted, and the matte effect didn’t feel drying. All three shades in this set are neutral, so obviously it was something I had to own.


Sephora Collection Double-Ended Blemish Extractor – It’s about time I bought one of these. I’m guilty of the old use-two-fingers-to-extract method for black/whiteheads. Hopefully this tool will lessen the chances of irritation on my face.


Shiseido Facial Cotton – One of my top three choices for cotton pads. 10 bucks for 165 pieces may sound ridiculous to some, but the quality of these is almost incomparable to others I’ve tried. I did use another brand for a while, but I felt it was about time I treated myself to these again. Ya know, for old time’s sake. 😛


Rahua Classic Shampoo (mini) – I placed this in the basket out of curiosity. According to the description, it uses 100% natural ingredients. Benefits from using this shampoo are to fortify weak/damaged hair, regenerate scalp and hair follicles, and promote moisture retention. After a few uses, I don’t plan on purchasing it again. Not too thrilled with the scent and it doesn’t get as sudsy compared to the other shampoos I currently use. I’m all for natural, but sadly not with this product.


Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash – I’m already a fan of this after previously receiving it in an Influenster box. I love using it when I double cleanse because it feels refreshing (thanks to the spearmint), and it leaves my face squeaky clean without feeling tight. I have yet to own this in full size. Maybe next time?

Sephora Winter Flush Blush Palette – I’ve been in great need of new shades of blush, so seeing this at under $20 was pretty much a steal. The shades are simply numbered 1 through 8. I think the shimmery ones are a little too small to gather up with a standard blush brush, so I think I’ll just use them as coordinating highlighters instead.


Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – This is another Origins product that I’ve previously tried and loved. I use this every other week (although twice a week is what they suggest) to detox my pores. One of the user reviews on this mentioned it helps shrink large pimples, so I’ll consider using it as a spot treatment whenever one of those suckers decides to show up. Thankfully it doesn’t happen very often.

That’s it for my haul. I also purchased a few things not long after reaching VIB since they had their discount event (score). Do you have any of these items on your current wish list, or did you purchase any of them recently? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.

Origins VoxBox and My Perfect World Event

Last month, I received the opportunity to attend the VIP Origins A Perfect World Launch Party in San Francisco. I also received samples of their best selling items to try for free, compliments of Influenster.




What’s inside:

High Potency Night-a mins – An overnight renewal cream that boosts skin’s radiance.

Ginzing Moisturizer – Light weight and oil free, this is said to instantly hydrate and increase radiance.

Ginzing Eye Cream – This refreshing eye cream brightens, de-puffs, and reduces dark circles. Already a fan because I’ve received a sample of this in the past. Love it!

Clear Improvement Purifying Charcoal Mask – The formula of this mask is made to clear pores and dissolve impurities. Used this on my forehead and it felt smoother the next day.

Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash – A gentle cleanser for all skin types.

So far I’ve only used 2 of the 5 products with the box, but I’m content that the remainder won’t disappoint.

The  My Perfect World Event was held at the Origins location at Westfield San Francisco Centre. Mini facials and a tea leaf reader where on hand for attendees (mainly by appointment, which I unfortunately wasn’t able to make). They also had refreshments and the A Perfect World line available to test out and purchase.

The line is formulated to help “defend body skin against environmental aggressors” and all the products contain antioxidants and White Tea. I took a sample of the Intensely Hydrating Body Cream because it smelled amazing. Other products to note are their Age- Defense Moisturizer (with SPF 40) and Age-Defense Eye Cream (with SPF 20), which are the company’s products with the highest SPF levels to date.


The line ranges in price from $24.50 to $44.00 (USD). Will you be checking this out? If you’re a fan of Origins, I’d love to know what your favorite product(s) are from the brand.

Play! by Sephora, May 2016 – The Forces of Nature

After being beauty subscription-less for over 6 months, I jumped on the opportunity to check out Play! This monthly box includes 5 beauty products and 1 fragrance sample. There’s also a pamphlet that gives information about the items sent to you, and includes a Play! pass that can be used in store  to receive expert beauty tips and earn Beauty Insider points when you make a purchase. May’s theme, The Forces of Nature, focuses on products that “are high performing and good for you too”.


Pamphlet with description of the items included in the box.

What’s inside:

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine – Citrus is one of the notes I like in a fragrance. This one isn’t overpowering.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Kimchi – Bite’s Amuse Bouche lipsticks are highly pigmented and formulated with edible oils for hydration. This color is a bright pink, which is a bit out of my desired shade spectrum.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask – I had tried this in the past with a previous subscription, but am glad to see this again since it’s in slightly larger packaging. This worked great on my dry ends thanks to frizz reducing argan oil and deep conditioning avocado oil.

Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial – This rose oil overnight treatment is said to moisturize and brighten skin. I’m a bit skeptical with this since I have combination skin. I suppose I can try it on my cheeks since they tend to be the driest part of my face. We’ll see.

Origins Maskimizer + Drink Up & Clear Improvement masks – The small spray container of Maskimizer is said to help prime the skin before applying either of the included masks. That’s the first time I ever heard of a product like that. The Clear Improvement mask has active charcoal to clear pores, while the Drink Up mask is to be used overnight to hydrate.

tarte Tarteist Lip Crayon in Latergram – If there’s anything I know I’ll use from this box, it’s this item right here. Although I haven’t used lip liner much in the past few years, I can’t resist a nice neutral, which this one is.

I feel like this was a so-so introduction to this subscription. I plan on using at least 4 out of the 6 items I received. Hopefully June’s box will be better. I’d love to know your thoughts on this if you’re also a subscriber.