Sephora’s LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler

When I saw an advertisement for Sephora’s LashStash Mascara Deluxe Sampler, I damn near hyperventilated. Like crack for a mascara lover, this sampler offers deluxe sample sizes of ten different mascaras from brands including Urban Decay, Benefit, Smashbox, Sephora, Tarte, Cargo, and more.

For $39, this is a great way to sample so many different brands without being stuck with a full-size bottle you are not so thrilled with.

If mascara isn’t quite your thing, Sephora also offers:

Sephora Favorites Lip Service Deluxe Sampler

Sephora Favorites Radiant Skin Regimen Deluxe Sampler

Sephora Favorites Glitz & Glam Shimmer and Shine Deluxe Sampler

Sephora Favorites My First Makeup Kit Deluxe Sampler

I already know what is at the top of my Christmas wish list…


Sephora Specials

As if we needed a reason to visit Sephora…instead of the usual 3 free samples with every order, until August 4th, you can choose 5 samples with each order. Your 5 samples will be packaged in an airplane-approved Sephora bag while supplies last.

Some other specials Sephora is currently offering:

* 50% off Urban Decay Trifecta (mini sized eye shadow primer, eye pencil, and mascara)

* Free Guy Supply: Enter HANDSOME at checkout and receive a bag filled with 14 skincare and scent samples for men

* Free Duwop Prime Lip Venom with coupon code DUWOP

* Free Amore Pacific Enzyme Face Peel with coupon code AMORE

Make-Up Bags

My own cosmetic bag is similiar to this one (above), and I love having a clear make-up bag! No more rooting around, dumping it out, or rifling through it to find one small item. I can see where everything is and find everything quickly.

Sephora’s signature clear make-up bag is only $4! It’s 7.5 x 5 x 1.5, which is plenty big enough for me, but it may be too small depending on the size of your beauty stash.

I also like these show-offs of the make-up bag world:

Sephora’s metallic sequined make-up bags are $9 (on sale) and come in 7 colors. They are 8 x 4, so again a petite size, but perfect for carrying cosmetics on the go inside another bag, or while traveling.

For those of you who are more hard-core (and have lots of make-up), Sephora offers this limited-edition silver snake-print train case:For $45, it has an adjustable inner tray, an open compartment, a lock and key, and a detachable strap.

And luckily, Sephora sells plenty of items to fill up any size cosmetic bag!

My Sephora Wish List!

One of my favorite sections of Sephora’s website is Airplane-Approved Beauty. I hate to fly, so it has nothing to do with a fondness for travel; I just love the mini-sized products and the smaller, “try-me” price tags of items in this section.

I’d love to try Cargo’s Color Cards (above), flat cards with eye shadow embossed onto them. Each box contains 28 cards with different colors.

Also on my wish list from Cargo is their Daily Gloss, a 30-day supply of lip gloss in tear-away pouches. There are 10 little bubbles on each sheet and 3 different colors of lip gloss.

Next up is Carolina Herrera’s 212 Sexy roll-on perfume, one that I’ve actually tried already. This is one of favorite perfumes, a rich, “seductive blend of captivating tangerine, bergamot, and rose pepper sprinkled with floral petals, gardenia, and hints of cotton candy warmed with musk”, according to the product description. It has a warm, sexy, very alluring scent, and it lasts a long time. I prefer a spray bottle to a roll-on, but this is great for in your purse or when you are travelling.

For make-up that does double duty, there’s Clinique’s Perfectly Happy Duo, with Clinique Happy fragrance roller-ball at one end and a Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine at the other (one has Peach Plum, the other has Pink Champagne). Sephora also has this type of item with other fragrances, like Vera Wang. For $25, it’s a great way to carry two items at once in a streamlined package.

Oil Blotting Papers

Oily skin, humidity, heat, sweat…blech! It can be an unsavory combination. The fact that oily skin is resistant to wrinkles is not much consolation when my face is lit up like a Christmas tree, and the oily glare could blind you if you’re not careful.

Mixing face powder on this soppy mess, is, well…messy. And orange-y streaks of wet powder? Yes, very pretty.

Instead of globbing powder onto your oily face, a better tactic is oil blotting papers, or if the manufacturer prefers to talk fancy, matte blotting film or blotting linens. Essentially they are very thin squares of paper that you use to literally blot up the oil on your face, and you can see the results in all the gross wet spots on the paper.

They’re not as cute as a glitzy powder compact, but they take up less space in your purse and certainly work better than powdering over oil slicks. Some product descriptions claim they will leave your face shine-free and matte; not likely, but certainly with far less shine than before blotting.

Sephora carries different types, some scented, some lightly powdered, in various price ranges. One to try on the cheap is Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. Instead of paper, these are soft, blue sheets that absorb oil. I prefer them over paper types, and these cost about $4 to $5. Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, and other drugstores generally carry them. And the generic brand often propped up beside them? Just as good!

Gifts for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is 10 days away, and if you inherited your make-up obsession from your mom, then a logical stop for gift shopping is Sephora! I challenge you not to purchase something for yourself while you’re at it though. For every item I think my mom might like, I see about a dozen for me.

Since my mother occasionally drifts over to this blog, I won’t reveal yet what I have in store for her, but here are some items that caught my eye:

1. Philosophy Amazing Grace Gift Set (above): This is one of the cleanest, lightest, gentlest fragrances I’ve ever tested. The gift set includes a fragrance spray, a perfume oil, and a shampoo, bath and shower gel for $68.

2. Urban Decay Foreshadow Eye Shadow Palette (to right): This palette includes Urban Decay’s four best-selling eye shadows: Oil Slick, Stray Dog, Midnight Cowboy, and Flipside, all for $24.

3. The Sephora book! : The new book claims to be “The Ultimate Guide to Makeup, Skin and Hair From The Beauty Authority”, and chapters include “What is Beauty?”; “Secret Ingredients”; “Zero to Flawless”; and “The Future of Beauty”, plus more, for $27.95.

4. You can’t go wrong with a Sephora gift card! Sephora is huge, so damn near anyone can find something they will like.

I like the idea of a Mother’s Day gift that is 100% for her, absolutely and completely all about her. Mothers, and women in general, devote so much time to taking care of someone else, and I like giving a gift that reminds her to take care of herself too.

Product Reviews: Sephora Items

Better late than never…my coveted Sephora package arrived around 7 PM last night, and I wasted no time cracking it open. I love how they let you choose 3 samples with every order. I selected 2 perfumes and 1 men’s cologne for Gary (my boyfriend). I sweetly called him over to be the first guinea pig for my beauty blog.

A side note… I simply have to take a moment here and say that Gary is the most patient, indulging boyfriend I have ever had in regards to my love affair with make-up and beauty products. He has wandered through countless miles of aisles in stores, looking at lipstick and mascara with me, and somehow manages to sound honest when he says he isn’t bored. He’s even crouched over lipstick displays and carefully evaluated the shades (after making fun of the vapid expressions or scarily-puffy lips of the models in the advertisements), proudly brandishing his choice for my approval. A big round of applause for this guy, eh? Let’s hear it!

So, Gary let me douse him with the men’s cologne, Lacoste Essential. Maybe it was the instant association with nerdy, preppy polo shirts with alligators on them, but I expected not to like it. I was pleasantly surprised. It has a clean, sexy smell that we both liked. The product description on Sephora says it’s “fresh, dynamic, and energetic”. See for yourself by ordering a free sample here: Lacoste Essential Free Sample.Also in my happy box was Sephora brand Body Scrub in Morning Lily, and I had to wait until my shower this morning to test it out. My reaction? Ho-hum. It’s not awful, but it’s not great either. Its sole function is to exfoliate, and it did…sort of…I have had better results with St. Ives Apricot Scrub, which costs about $3 compared to the $16 or so I wasted on this item. Luckily it was a gift card, but still, I could have gotten else. *pouting*

Next up…Too Faced Lash Injection mascara, which the manufacturer claims “actually builds tubes around each lash”. I was quite curious after reading this claim; what do micro-tubes around each lash look like, and is it actually attractive? I applied this mascara this morning, so as we all know, the verdict is still out until I’ve worn it all day. I like the fat, full brush, but why exactly, I can’t really explain…because it’s cute like a caterpillar? It has an odd chemical smell I didn’t care for, and it felt somewhat watery going on. I applied 2 coats, and so far no annoying black specks under my eyes. I’ll update you on how well it wears and whether anyone notices or compliments me on the tubes around each of my lashes!
Last but not least, Rosebud Salve, a mighty lip balm in a round little tin, that disappointingly does notsmell like rose. Hmmm. As a lip balm, it has a nice, non-sticky texture, but don’t be fooled into thinking that’s all this baby can do! Sephora extols it as a “cult favorite”, able to leap tall buildings, soothe dry skin, prevent chapped lips, heal rough cuticles, and get this, remedy diaper rash! What more could you want from a product you put on your mouth? So far I’ve only tested its powers as a lip balm and a cuticle smoother. Nice job on both. It’s a larger tin than I thought it would be too, and for $6, it’s a nice, all-around diaper rash remedy, I mean, beauty product.Has anyone else tried any of these products, maybe with a different opinion of them?