I'm currently sitting on my bed, my head adorned with two Miley-inspired buns, reflecting on my week in terms of the decisions I have made thus far.
Leaving the house 20 minutes late at peak rush hour craziness, hoping to still make it on time just so I can finish an episode of Orange is the New Black? Not my greatest idea.
A smarter choice was my impromptu trip to Sephora, where I swear I only went in for one thing and, of course, left with five. However, it was the extra few dollars spent that bumped my rewards account up to Sephora V.I.B status! (In case you're wondering, you get a shiny silver card to flaunt, a free in-store makeover, free shipping on an online purchase, and a discount on your next in-store purchase. whew!)
In celebration of my new borderline dedicated customer/makeup addict status, I thought it appropriate to share some of my recent Sephora purchases, complete with a 'no BS' review, rating, and ways to use the product. Enjoy!
1. Mai Tai Spritzer Sea Salt Spray by Drybar
Size: 3.4 fl oz.
Smell: sweet and coconut-y
Review: Honestly, I read many a bad review about this product online, but I ended up buying it anyway because I have so many Drybar products I can't live without (Mr. Incredible leave-in conditioner and Triple Sec styling spray, to name a couple.) I was pleasantly surprised when the spray not only smelled fantastic, but also gave my hair effortless waves with no heat whatsoever. Doesn't leave my hair stringy or crunchy. Doesn't make my hair feel greasy.
2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyebrow Pencils
Sizes: Anastasia Brow Wiz (.003 oz) and Anastasia Brow Definer (.007 oz)
Review: Your brows have not lived up to their full potential until they have experienced Anastasia Beverly Hills products. This should come as no shock to the average beauty junkie, but if you're new to the brow game, this brand is a must-have! The Brow Definer and pomade serve as an intensely-pigmented base, while the Brow Wiz emulates small, hairlike marks with each stroke. Very easy to use. Very high-brow, if you will. 8/10
Size: Ranges from 1oz.-3.4oz.
Smell: Herb-y, floral, light
Review: One of my all-time favorites. I have a large bottle on my vanity and a travel size bottle in my bag at all times. The perfect pre-moisturizing toner, midday makeup pick me up, or post-gym refresher. This facial spray tightens pores, plumps and adds radiance all in one spritz! 10/10!
Smell: no fragrance
Price: $17 each
Review: I've been itching to try one of the new Vice shades since their release date was announced. Being the adventurous makeup geek that I am, I decided to go for a wildcard shade. Studded is a metallic gunmetal silver with taupe undertones. Surprisingly, the shade turned out to be pleasantly subtle. It's not glittery, but rather contains a very finely-milled shimmer. Very flattering. An edgy shade to add to your collection! 7/10
Smell: Manly, musky
Review: Recommended by a Sephora employee with an impeccable glow. While it's very easy to use (apply to wet, post-shower skin, wait 3 minutes, rinse) the results are VERY gradual. Within 5 days I started seeing visible color-change. It was worth the wait! There is absolutely no orange hue or 'tanning lotion' smell. 6/10
Go forth and experiment!