Although I live in Canada and Black Friday isn’t nearly as popular, I decided to venture out to the mall and see if there was any good deals going on. I went into a few different stores, but didn’t find that great of deals. Instead I ended up splurging on a few things in my two favourite stores; Sephora and Lush. Read on if you’d like to see some things I just couldn’t help but buy!
My first stop was Sephora. I originally went in looking for some purple eye shadows to add to my collection, since I noticed this morning I didn’t have any nice purples that I really liked. When I went into Sephora this Stila Dream In Full Colour Palette was one of the first things that caught my eye. It had tons of different colours of both eye shadows and blushes, a lot of which I don’t have in my makeup collection. The palette was $50 CAN which seems a little pricey, but there’s over 20+ shades, and well worth the money in my opinion. It also comes with a Smudge Stick Waterproof Liner in “Stingray” which is the perfect jet black colour. I’ve always loved Stila’s eyeliners because they’re so soft to apply and have a long lasting stay. I’m going to be doing a tutorial with some of these colours in the near future, so I will definitely let you all know how I like the palette after using it.
As you can see below I also bought Sephora eyeliner in the colour “Pure White” just for things like lining my inner corner, my waterline etc. This was only $7, I didn’t feel the need to get one of the more high end brand ones because I don’t use white liner enough to invest in a really good one. The Sephora brand is decent enough to do the job I need it to.
I also picked up 3 samples (my favourite thing about shopping at Sephora). The sample to the far left is the Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, the middle is Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and the far right is Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar for dry skin moisturizer. I recently ran out of the foundation primer that I was currently using (Pur makeup) and wanted to try something different. I had asked the lady if she could suggest a primer, and I had heard good things about Smashbox so she gave me both types to try and see which I like better. Also, the Philosophy Hope in a Jar is the moisturizer that I usually use, but again, recently ran out. My mom had let on that I was most likely going to be getting a refill for Christmas so to grab a sample to hold me off until then rather than re-buying it. It is by far the best moisturizer I have ever used. I have dry skin, especially in winter, and I find this the perfect hydrator.
My second stop was to Lush, another one of my guilty pleasure stores. Below is a list of what I purchased there.
1. Rose Jar Bubbleroon – This is Lush’s latest little invention that just came out today. It is a mix between their bath melts (think milk bath) and their bubble bars (think bubbles!). They tested it out in store for me and it made the softest most amazing smelling bubbles ever, and I’ve tried my fair share of their bubble bars. It smells of roses with a hint of coconut and is supposed to be super moisturizing. I can’t wait to try this out!
2. Dirty Toothy Tabs – I saw these little guys a while ago and thought it would be cool to try. You apparently pop them in your mouth, bite down and chew a little and then it forms a sort of toothpaste where you then brush your teeth. I thought it would be something cool to have on the go
3. Ultra Blend Facial Cleanser – I’ve only heard great things about this product. It is supposed to be one of the best makeup removers ever. I didn’t buy it to use as a facial cleanser because I already use both Philosophy’s Purity cleanser and Clinique facial cleanser, but I want to try this out as a makeup remover
4. Curly Wurly Shampoo SAMPLE – The guy that was helping me saw that I had curly hair and said this product would be perfect for me. It’s a shampoo that you use to focus mainly on your roots and it’s supposed to help with tangle as well as enhance and hold curls better
5. Big Shampoo SAMPLE – Also a recommendation by the helpful associate. He didn’t say quite why because he didn’t explain the product, but he told me he’d give me a sample and to try it out
My final purchases were (for the most part) ones that I’ve already tried before. They’re 3 of Lush’s face masks that I find to die for. The first is their Oatfix mask, which literally smells of oatmeal and banana. The oatmeal gives for a perfect exfoliation, but the banana is extremely hydrating (perfect combo for my dry skin). The second is Love Lettuce. This mask is probably the most exfoliating mask Lush carries. It’s a mix of almond slivers, lavender and honey. The almonds are great for removing dead skin and cleaning deep into pores, which the honey is a great gentle moisturizer. These two are the two products that I have used before, but I actually bought this third product, Ayesha for my mom but I thought I would throw it in the haul anyway. This face mask is considered the “fountain of youth” because it is perfect for tightening up mature skin, and said to help with wrinkles. It’s a mix of witch hazel and kiwi to both tighten and cleanse the skin for the perfect combo effect. This mask is great for those with mature skin, wanting to brighten and tighten.
I hope you enjoyed hearing about these products, and follow me on Twitter (@LindaAlicia_) if you want to hear some reviews on the products that I haven’t tried but am going to. Also, feel free to leave a comment below if you have any of these products and want to give your opinion on them! I love hearing what other people think. That’s it for now…