I haven’t written a blog post in ages, so I thought I’d keep you all updated on what’s been going on. As you’ll know from reading my previous post, I’ve moved out to Spain for my Year Abroad/Erasmus year at university. It’s been a real adjustment so far, and there’s still some things that I need to sort out like potentially moving apartments to somewhere a little quieter and getting university stuff sorted, but all in all I’m enjoying it.
I’m getting used to the town and mapping it out in my head by wandering around in my free time, and have noticed that I’m within a 10 minute walk from not one but two Sephora shops! One is a small Sephora on the main shopping road, where there are other brands like Mac surrounding it. The other is just down the road in the Corte Ingles, a small section of the makeup department. On my way home yesterday from an evening with my dad, I stopped by the Corte Ingles and took a little look around to see if there was anything that caught my eye. As we don’t have Sephora in the UK, I thought I might as well take advantage now while I’m living somewhere with access to one!
The first thing that caught my eye were these Sephora skin products. I have been looking for a charcoal or clay mask for my pores for quite a while, and immediately spotted the nose strip here. I then saw the rest of the range and decided to check a few more products out.
This charcoal nose strip was only 1,50EUR for a 1 time application strip that cleanses your pores on your nasal area. It purifies and scrubs the area, and removes blackheads and clogged pores. I’m really excited to use this product as I have been self conscious about my nose due to blackheads for a while, and at this great price it would be a really good investment if it works and I can use it routinely!
Next was the shea bio-cellulose lip mask. They had a few different scents of the lip mask but shea is one of my favourites, it’s so clean and fresh smelling! I’ve never seen a lip mask before so the idea is really exciting to me, and I can’t wait to try it out. In the autumn I wear a lot of matte liquid lipstick and so my lips can get dried out quite easily, so I wanted to find a product that will help me keep them as soft and smooth as possible. This mask was only 2,50EUR for a single application mask that protects and repairs your lips in just 15 minutes.
The last product in the face range I picked up was this algae face mask. I’m a sucker for a face mask, especially the peel off ones, but I’ve never tried one that contours to your face like a second skin; Facebook videos of these look so cool though! Inspired by Asian beauty rituals, these masks enrich your skin and help get rid of impurities, leaving you glowing. Again they had a variety of scents in this range including an avocado one which I will definitely be trying next, but algae seemed very soothing and refreshing. These are 3,95EUR for a one usage mask, which is a little pricey for a product you’ll only use once but it can be a part of your at home beauty regime if you’re treating yourself to a pamper evening.
I’ll be reviewing the face products as I use them throughout October so look out for more blog posts on these as I’m really excited to give them a go!
I initially had in mind that I needed a new mascara as mine are pretty old and hard work by now, and I always go back to the Benefit range. However despite the fact that they do have a Benefit concession in Sephora, I decided to change it up a little and headed to the Too Faced section! I have lusted after the highlighters, Teddy bear brushes and chocolate palettes for so long now and decided it was time to invest in my first Too Faced product. I’ve heard beauty bloggers raving about the Better Than Sex mascara so I went for it. It’s quite pricey, retailing at 23,90EUR which was the most expensive item in my mini haul, but I’ve heard really great reviews about it and wanted to test it out for myself. I am curious to see whether the hourglass wand shape lives up to the expectation, and can say that so far the packaging is just gorgeous- and surprisingly heavy!
Finally, they have promotional items at the checkout which always get me, and these mini Kat Von D liquid lipsticks caught my eye straight away! I am a sucker for anything miniature sized and thought it would be a great way to check out the product in several colours without having to pay for the full sized option straight away.
The lip duo includes two ‘mini everlasting liquid lipsticks’ in the Lolita shades; Lolita I is the left-hand swatch and is a lovely chestnut rose which dries quite mauve toned on my skin. Lolita II on the right is more of a terracotta nude and my favourite out of the two. These lipsticks dry very quickly into a lovely soft matte, but I would definitely recommend a lip primer and lip liner instead of applying these straight to your lips to help with smoothness and endurance time. This mini set was 15,90EUR whereas the full sized lipsticks are 19,90EUR each, so it’s a good way to test out the products without committing to the full price/size.
So that’s it! The products came to 47,75EUR in total which amounts to about £41 at the moment; I don’t think that’s too bad for the products that I came out with! As I said, I’ll review the face masks when I use them in October as well as other products that I’ve been using throughout the month; I’m doing Blogtober so I’ll be uploading a new blog post every single day throughout the month… hopefully anyway, my internet is absolutely glacial over here.
Lots of Love,