Haul: Sephora VIB Rouge Spring Sale
Hello all:) So this is a little different for me BUT I thought with the recent VIB/VIB Rouge sale I’d put together a haul. I purchased all of these items on Sephora.com and inside a JCPenney Sephora in my city with the 15% Spring discount for VIB Rouge members. Let me know in the comments below what you picked up or if there is anything you’d like a more in-depth review on!
Benefit Cheek Parade:
Price: $58 USD
What it is: The sequel to Benefit’s Cheekathon Palette, released last year. Cheek Parade contains 2 full-size bronzers and 3 full-size blushes. This includes: Hoola, Hoola Lite, Galifornia, Rockateur, and Dandelion. It also comes with a powder brush and a “how to” insert.
What I like: So, I think hands down this is the best value you can find if you want to try out some of Benefit’s face products. A single pan of blush or bronzer is $29 USD, so if there are two in this palette you were already planning on buying — I’d go ahead a spend a few extra dollars to get this baby. I already purchased the Cheekathon palette last year, but really wanted to try out Galifornia and Hoola Lite, so for me — decision made. I already know Hoola and Dandelion are great so it’s nice to have a back-up as well. I’m pretty excited about this one:)
NARS NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette:
Price: $59 USD
What it is: Another warm neutral palette!! As if we all don’t have enough, right? I had trouble with this one for that very reason — so much so that I waited too long and it was sold out online when I went to make my purchase. Lucky for me (unlucky for my wallet), I happened to be browsing in my local Sephora and saw two of these left on a shelf. Low impulse control, combine with FOMO and I’ve added a new one to my collection. This is a 12-pan eyeshadow palette with a revamped “sensorial” eyeshadow formula. Not exactly sure what that means at the moment, but if you’d like a review I’ll be doing some research to find out.
Where it’s at: Available for international purchase at Narscosmetics.com, Nordstrom.com, and Sephora.com. It is also available for pre-order (shipping at the end of May) at Barneys.com and Saksfifthavenue.com.
What I like: Overall, I love NARS as brand. I think the formulas are usually very good, packaging is on point, and I feel like I am investing in something of quality. I think this (pending quality review) has the ability to be a stand-alone palette for travel and everyday looks. It combines matte, satin and shimmer finishes with staple neutral, wearable colors.
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops ~ Celestial:
Price: $42 USD
What it is: Liquid magic? Kindof. This is a highly-concentrated illuminator that you can add to foundation, CC or BB creams, moisturizer, or place it on bare skin. It is supposed to create a luminous glow when added in to products or can be used as a liquid highlight. The shade ‘Celestial’ is described as a “glistening pearl” and is one of the more popular products in this line.
Where it’s at: This can be found for international purchase at Sephora.com, Beautylish.com. U.S. and Canada can also find it at Coverfx.com. U.S. residents also have the option of ordering from Ulta.com.
What I like: I love what Cover FX has done with the enhancer drops — honestly, they are so well done. I have their Custom Cover Drops, as well as the enhancer drops in Halo and Sunkissed. I find that they have MANY different uses and I have yet to regret one of my purchases from this company. I wanted to try out another illuminator (Halo is amazing, but not so much for every day) and Celestial is one that I keep hearing about. I’m just hoping it lives up to the hype.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Due ~ Opal/Jam
Price: $14 USD (on sale at Sephora.com for $10 USD)
What it is: Two (VERY) mini Amuse Bouche lipsticks in a dual ended tube. The darker of the two in ‘Jam’, is an opaque creamy formula, while ‘Opal’ is a pearlescent white topper. These are definitely tiny — like sample size small, but conveniently packaged for someone looking to try out a couple of shades from the line.
Where it’s at: These can only be found for international purchase in the sale section at Sephora.com.
What I like: I think Bite Beauty has come up with an amazing formula for their Amuse Bouche line. I think they are creamy, long-wearing, and pigmented. I think their shade range is absolutely beautiful as well. Plus, I feel good knowing they are very ingredient conscious. I am a little disappointed in the size of these lipsticks; however, and given another opportunity I might have put that $10 towards a full-size lipstick.
Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Beauty Gift Set:
Price: $100 USD
What it is: A YSL gift set that includes: a 1.6 oz. Black Opium Eau De Parfum, a full-size Rouge Pur Couture in No. 10 Beige Tribute, and a deluxe-sized Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in No. 1 Black.
Where it’s at: Unfortunately, this exact set is sold out at Sephora. I debated about including it; however all of the individual pieces are still available for individual sale.
What I like: YSL Black Opium is one of my all-time favorite scents. It is dark and musky, but still feminine. I have so many minis and deluxe-sized bottles of this that when the set came up for sale, it just made sense. I have never tried a YSL lipstick, but I have the Volupte Tint-In-Oil and absolutely love it, so I am excited to have a full-sized pinky nude to test out. The mascara has decent reviews — I never get too pumped about mascara–but it’ll be nice to see how it compares to my all-time favorite, Buxom.
belif – The True Cream Aqua Bomb:
Price: $38 USD
What it is: One of the best moisturizers I have ever used. This has a gel-like consistency and sinks into the skin immediately. It is described as a gel-cream that is appropriate for dry, oily, and combination skin.
Where it’s at: This is available internationally on Sephora.com. The belif website has a list of individual retailers that it is sold at on an international basis. I also found it on The Face Shop Canada’s website (for sale only in Canada).
What I like: Well, first off let me say I have “problem skin”, like it has been a MAJOR problem. I feel like most experience this in their teen years, but for some reason mine started to become an issue when I turned 24 and hasn’t seemed to slow down since. After much trial and error, dermatologist visits, expensive medications…I have finally (!!) found a regime that has almost cleared my skin entirely. Unfortunately, it has also really dried things out. Enter the Aqua Bomb. I did not have a single breakout from this moisturizer and it is one of the only things that adds some buoyancy back into my skin. Can’t say enough good things about this one.
Last but not least…
Dry Bar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse and The Morning After Shower Cap:
Price: Southern Belle Mousse $26 USD + Shower Cap $16
What it is: Exactly what it’s described as — I needed a new mousse for some volume and a shower cap for those days when I don’t have time to blow-dry AND style my hair. The mousse is described as volumizing for ‘fine to medium hair’ while providing a ‘flexible’ hold. The shower cap has a thick exterior plastic and is lined with terry cloth.
Where it’s at: Both items are available for purchase at Sephora.com. The mousse has to be shipped ground; therefore, there are shipping restrictions outside of the continental U.S. They are also available to U.S. residents at thedrybar.com and Ulta.com.
What I like: I know this company has received some flack for private labeling some of their products — mainly hair tools and accessories– and then charging a higher price for these items essentially for name recognition and cuter packaging. I get it. However, I like what they put out there. I think the products are great and I love the way they look. I have yet to be disappointed by a Drybar styling product, so I will continue to purchase from this brand. I also love that they share their expertise by uploading styling videos on Youtube. I think it’s great, especially for those who don’t live in a big metropolitan area or those who don’t want to spend upwards of $50 to get their hair styled. I love my shower cap and am excited to start putting the mousse to the test.
The Wrap-Up: So that’s my haul from the VIB/VIB Rouge Spring sale. For those of you that have been calculating in your head this whole time (I know, I am one of you), the grand total was $349 + CA tax. With the 15% off I saved $52.35, so the grand total was $297 USD. Not bad for a sale that comes around twice a year. A lot of these are products that I’ve had my eye on or planned on buying at some point — so I add them to my loves list and wait for my coupon code. Again, let me know if there are any products you’d like a more in-depth review on! Thanks for stopping in:)
Stay tuned for a Viseart Theory Palette Review + Giveaway!