Sephora Chic Week Haul

9:26:00 PM mandy 14 Comments

It was that time of year again last week at Sephora. Sale time!
Or for me it meant one of the few times in the year that I make a purchase at Sephora.

Maybe it's the same for you too, but I always find myself with a huge wishlist. Every year without fail, no matter how busy I am with school work, I find time to sit and cross off as many items as possible to have it fit within my imaginary budget. Ideally the total should be $75 or less. This year I have to shamefully admit that I went over that amount by double!

The difference being that 2 items I bought are sets. Whereas in the past couple years I only splurged on 1 perfume or 1 brush at most along with some other smaller items. The up side to this, I guess, is these are things that I do see myself using regularly and for a long time.
Top: Clarins The "It" Kit and Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head Value Pack
Middle: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G20 and Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
Bottom: Sephora PRO Flawless Airbrush No. 56
The night before I managed to narrowed my list down to 3 items.

I have been wanting to try the Clarins "It" Kit ever since Karyi mentioned how great a deal this little box was. A full sized sunscreen + some trial sized items for a little more than how much the sunscreen costs by itself. When I got to the store, I was afraid they wouldn't carry any because this set was released quite a few months ago. Luckily the SA found one for me in the back! Other than the UV Plus Sunscreen, the set also includes the One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, Beauty Flash Balm, Total Eye Concentrate, and the Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. I haven't looked into any of the other products included besides the sunscreen. But from reading the descriptions on the box I can't wait to try everything out.

The one item that has been on my list for months was definitely this Clarisonic 4 pack value set of brush heads. I have been neglecting my Clarisonic for close to a year now because I couldn't bear to shell out the money to buy the replacement brush heads. Sephora offered a few different brush head varieties in the pack. I was a bit overwhelmed. After a chat with lilladyslife, I ended up getting the deep pore version. (To clarify her favorite is the delicate version, which sadly did not come in a 4 pack.) I have been using my Clarisonic nightly for a week now and so far so good. (I just remembered how I completely failed to update everyone my results with the Clarisonic...epic fail! I will try my best to soon though!)

This has become a reoccuring habit of mine to buy an expensive brush when a sale rolls along. But it is totally understandable right? I am always on a lookout for a good foundation brush. Not that the ones I have are bad, but I am a curious person who likes to try things out. To me the Sephora PRO No. 56 is like a cross between the Sephora Mineral Power Brush and the typical synthetic paddle foundation brush. I used it a few times since bringing it home and I am starting to like it.

The Cover FX foundation and Josie Maran Argan Oil were the complete impulse purchases.

I walked around the store for maybe an hour thinking over whether to buy or not to buy the foundation. The SA/MUA I asked to help me color match actually tried to steer me to buy a Stila foundation (but I did not like how the finish looked on me, or it could have been that she applied too heavy a layer). In the end, I have decided to return the foundation because 1) color is not right 2) after taking a second look at my makeup drawers, I know I don't need another base product right now. However, this return doesn't mean I didn't like the product. In fact, it's the opposite. I was really surprised by how skin like the foundation is when I applied it. Perhaps after I plow through some BB Creams and foundations that I currently own I will give it a second try.

The trial sized bottle of Argan Oil found its way into my basket as I was browsing the checkout area. I am anticipating very dry and flaky skin when my Spring allergies kick in. Hopefully this will help soothe and moisturize my skin when that comes comes around. I dabbed a bit of the cream version on my hand to try and it didn't soak in nearly as well as the oil version does. Plus, the oil form is pure argan oil whereas the cream is formulated with a few other ingredients. Nowadays the less ingredients the better/safer right?


Whew! That was a long one. Kudos to anyone who read through that ^__^
Have you tried any of these products before? Any favorites that you can't wait to share?
What goodies did you pick up during the CHIC sale?

14 comments:

  1. didn't buy anything during chic week, but argan oil ... whee!

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    1. When I see my bank statement, I wish I hadn't either LOL :X

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  2. I always forget about the sales. But great haul! :)

    xx Denysia Yu
    http://thatlaitgirl.com

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    1. I miss out most of the time too. But this one was difficult to not notice! So many people were sharing their hauls all over.

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  3. Hope you like the Clarins kit! I honestly haven't tested out all the products thoroughly yet, either! I've only used each product a couple of times each since I have so much other stuff to finish up :( Yikes, Clarisonic brush heads are expensive. That's the main reason why I haven't gotten a Clarisonic and why I probably won't get one ever :(

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    1. Same! It'll probably take me a while to get to all the products in the kit as well.

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  4. I took advantage of the Sephora Chic week and got the Clarisonic Mia 2 and 1 year supply of the brush as well. Hope you enjoy using your haul items all of the stuff you got are nice.

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    1. I know! I saw your post :] Can't wait to hear more about your experiences with the Clarisonic.

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  5. Oh I do have the Clarins "It" Kit on my wishlist...can't wait for your review. I really like JM Argan Oil, I think you'll like it too, more info in this review.

    http://beautifulcanvas.blogspot.com/2012/02/josie-maran-argan-oil-review.html

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  6. I saved a majority of my Sephora gift cards for this sale but STILL spent money out of pocket. It couldn't be helped though since the Sephora I went to had EVERYTHING!
    Back in March there was a 100-pt perk for a deluxe sample of the Josie Maran Argan Oil so I redeemed my points for a bottle. It was pretty good!

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    1. Wow! Will you share your haul :D I'd love to see it!

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  7. I think the Clarins exfoliating cleanser is really nice :D I've actually gone out and buy the beauty flash balm before because Lisa Eldridge swears by it, but I had to return it because it broke me out T_T I think it's because it's film-forming it prevents my skin from breathing freely??? who knows XD hope it will work out for you though.

    I think if you're willing to shell out money for the brush heads must mean you like them to quite a certain extent XD I'll prob run out of my powder foundation in the next month or so... thinking about checking out Cover FX... been extra interested in that brand since MakeupGeek raved abt it =D

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    1. Oh no! I hope it doesn't break me out. I'm still trying to recover from my recent acne eruption :(

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