08 December 2017

Haul! Sephora and Duty-Free Buys From Europe

When we were in Italy a month ago (how has a month gone by already?!) I did some damage at various beauty stores, including Sephora. In a previous post I showed you what I bought from the drugstore, pharmacy, and supermarket, but today is the biggie: Sephora and duty free!

K-Beauty Sheet Masks

I am fascinated by Korean skincare and beauty practices and I enjoy reading up on it. I've never bought or used any K-beauty before but Sephora had a whole section devoted to it so I had to try a few things. One of the most popular ways of getting into K-beauty is with using sheet masks. There are the most interesting types of sheet masks with the most interesting types of ingredients. Three popular K-beauty brands (well, that I've heard of) are Tony Moly, Too Cool For School, and Dr. Jart+. I bought two masks from Tony Moly: an avocado sheet mask for nutrition and a tomato sheet mask for radiance. From Too Cool For School I got the Egg Cream Mask for hydration, and from Dr. Jart+ I bought the Soothing Hydra Solution mask. I wanted to buy more of the Dr. Jart+ masks, but they were the most expensive of the three.


Keeping with the K-beauty theme I bought the Egg Mousse Soap from Too Cool For School which is a facial cleanser. I'm a bit hesitant to use this as I'm scared it's going to smell like rotten egg. My nose is even more sensitive than usual due to the fact that I am pregnant, and the box the facial cleanser came in already smells bad (just the box, not the can), so I'm a bit worried!

I also bought the Panda's Dream So Cool Eye Stick from Tony Moly. The packaging is just so cute! The actual eye stick is a pale blue twist-up stick that smells very fresh and glides across the skin. I don't think it'll have major benefits for my eye-area, but it's a super cute product nonetheless.

Sephora Sheet Masks

As you can see, I have a mild obsession with face masks. These Sephora masks were very reasonably priced (considering that you had to multiply each price by 17), and they came highly recommended. I got the Lotus face mask (moisturising and soothing) and the Algae face mask (purifying and detoxifying). I also got the Lavender foot mask which comes in the form of socks, so, basically sheet masks for your feet.

Becca Glow on the Go Kit

I've never owned a Becca product before and I know minis aren't good value for money, but it's much more affordable than buying two full-sized products and let's face it: I won't use it up before it (1) dries up, or (2) before I have to throw it out. I decided on the Glow on the Go kit which features a small Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal and a Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. Both are the same gorgeous golden sheen in different formulations: liquid and pressed.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Set

I've heard good things of the Sephora Lip Stains and this holiday set containing four tiny lip stains looked too good to pass up. There is the very popular Always Red, Vintage Rosewood, Nude Blush, and Blackberry Sorbet. I've already worn Always Red and I have to say, it is gorgeous. It's a bright juicy red and it dries down matte. It's not too drying given that it's a matte and it wears off evenly, leaving me with an even stain and no blotches. 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Last but definitely not least...the latest Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I bought this at duty-free at Frankfurt airport in Germany. I've had my eye on the palette ever since it launched. It is exquisite: warm sunset-like shades that range from a light sandy shade to a dark plummy-brown. Doesn't that sound absolutely delicious? I haven't swatched it yet, I just take it out of the box and stare at it currently. The packaging is quite different to what we've seen so far from the Naked palettes: it's a plastic case and it's quite thick. It comes with a nice big mirror and a decent double-ended eyeshadow brush.

And that's it for my European shopping! Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see a review on and I'll start there. Or let me know if you've ever used any of these products, I'd love to know your thoughts.

Until next time!


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