Thursday, 5 September 2013

Singapore Spree: Sephora Haul

Due to some kind of colossal oversight, there are no Sephora's in England. Tragic but true. So, whenever I go on holiday, I make a point of seeking out the mothership and going a little crazy with my credit card. Some might call it unnecessary, but hey, if you can't splurge on holiday, when can you, eh? Naively, I thought that the store was more a western thing, but on my recent trip to Singapore, I saw them dotted around all over the place! Needless to say, I returned to England with a severely depleted bank balance, and beauty products coming out my ears. As excited as a kid at Christmas to have a play around with all my new purchases, I couldn't wait to share them with you either. So, here is a summary of all the cosmetic treats I picked up.
Firstly, I'll tell you about what is arguably my favourite buy: Fishwife by Butter London. I've been lusting after this beauty for rather a while now, so you can imagine my squeal of delight when I saw it perched atop the Butter London display. Unavailable in the UK for reasons I can't quite fathom, this is possibly the most beautiful polish I've ever owned. A stunning holographic sea foam green with flecks of gold and all sorts in it, I have worn this solidly for about 3 weeks now. It also seems to be immune to chipping and is so easy to apply - the Wonder Woman of the nail varnish world! I'll do a full review on this at a later date, but it's definitely replaced my previous favourite, Fiver, at the top of the nail art hierarchy.
The other contender for favourite purchase is a Too Faced palette, aptly named Pretty Rebel. It is packed with some magnificent metallic shades, perfect for either dolled up or grunged down looks, as well as a couple of matte neutral shades, one of which has become a staple part of my everyday make up, and a questionable pink shade. Not sure why they thought that was a good idea, but hey, I'll try anything once. I've never bought anything from Too Faced, so I wasn't really sure what to expect, but the palette is very similar in quality, design and pigmentation to it's Urban Decay counterparts. I actually only got it because of one magnificent shade, Girly, which is an iridescent brown with shots of green in it. I spent a long while umming and ahhing about whether it was a good idea to spend a considerable amount of money for 10 shadows when I only really wanted one of them. I'm so glad I took the plunge though, because I absolutely love it! Again, I will do a more detailed post on this wonderful palette another day. It's just so much fun to play around with!

Sorry about the photo quality! I have yet to find anywhere in my house where the lighting is decent enough to get a good photo!
Next on my list are the Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, and the standard Tinted Lip Treatment in the shade, Coral. I love these products, and have been wanting to replenish my dwindling collection for a while now, so of course I had to pick up a couple! I had never tried the Advanced Therapy product before, but I have to say, it has worked wonders on my dry, flaky lips as an overnight treatment. As for the Coral Lip Treatment, the colour pay off is fantastic for a tinted balm, and, as always, I love that it contains SPF 15.
I then got the Bliss FatGirlSlim Skin Firming Cream. A while ago, my friend recommended this to me, along with it's partner product, FatGirlSleep, as one of the best anti-cellulite products she had ever tried. Cellulite is one of my biggest insecurities, so I was really keen to give it a go! Now, I know that it is no substitute for a balanced diet and good old fashioned exercise, but sometimes it's nice to have that extra kick of confidence that a caffeine based product like this one can give, be it on a night out, or a special occasion, when you're desperate to wear that new skirt, but are worried about the dreaded orange peel. I didn't get both products, as it is quite a lot of money to part with for a product that I had never tried before, plus, I had a weight allowance to worry about. So far, I'm really getting on with it though. Although not drastic, I can see a difference when I've put it on, and, weird as it sounds, it's one of those products that you can feel working, which I really like. I think I'll give FatGirlSleep a try at some point soon. Maybe when my bank balance has had a little more time to recuperate.
The next was a bit of an impulse buy. I hate it when they put stuff near the tills. Disaster waiting to happen! It's a Philosophy Lip Shine in the flavour, Melon Daiquiri, and as well as providing a beautiful peachy shimmer for the lips, it's delicious!! I can see myself reapplying this rather too often on the days I miss lunch. Yum!
I also bought a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade, Cashmere. If I'm being perfectly honest, I only bought this because I have never owned an NYX product, as they aren't readily available in the UK, and I wasn't going to leave having not bought something from the brand. But actually, I'm loving this pencil! It's been getting most of its use as an inner corner highlighter, but I really like it as an eyeshadow base or on its own, scribbled across my lids. It's a really beautiful pale gold colour, and it only cost S$9! (£4.50) Such a steal! I'm really glad I picked this up.
Finally, I got myself a travel brush set. I'm a firm believer that you can never have too many brushes. I really like the Sephora brush collection, but can't get past how long the handles are. Honestly, they're like chopsticks for giants. Can't be working with those. But the travel sets are a much better size, easy to travel with (clearly), as well as being quite a lot cheaper. I got the Face and Eye Travel Tool Kit, and I've gotten quite a lot of use out of them already.
I also got a couple of things in duty free on the way there, the first being Benefit's Porefessional. Now, I'll be honest, I heard rave reviews about this product, and although it does happen on occasion (cough cough, Philosophy Lip Gloss), I rarely buy something unless I'm pretty sure I'm going to like it. But I used this primer for the two weeks that I was away, and it didn't really do it for me. I don't know whether it's aimed at more oily skin, but it didn't really minimise my pores at all, although it did make my skin look a bit smoother. As for staying power, it was OK, but nothing amazing. Granted, it might have has something to do with the humidity and heat of Singapore, so I'm going to give it a second chance now that I'm home, but honestly, I'm not holding out much hope for this one. It's such a shame, because I was really excited about this product. I'll just stick to my trusty bareMinerals Prime Time from now on I think.
Last, but not least, I bought the essential duty free purchase, a new perfume! It's Daisy Sunshine by Marc Jacobs. A deliciously fruity scent, I knew I had to have it the moment my nose caught a whiff. I'm not too enamoured with the somewhat garish bottle, much preferring the more subtle original version, but with a smell this delectable, who really cares. I only wish that I could have found a 100ml size.
So there you have it, my Sephora haul. It's quite a long post, but then again, I bought quite a lot of stuff! And, let's be serious, when do I ever manage to write short blog posts? Condensed is not my thing, and for that, I can only apologise.

Do you have any of the products I have recently purchased? What do you think of them? Like me, do you suffer from a distinct lack of Sephora's near you? Let me know!


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  1. I always forget that Sephora hasn't opened up a shop in England yet. Great haul! I really love the Marc Jacobs perfume - I have the same one and like you, I think the bottle is too over-the-top, though I forgive them of that because I like the scent a lot. Anyways, great post!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

    1. It's so sad! We used to have a few, but I don't know why they got rid of them!
      It's such a gorgeous scent isn't it?! Almost good enough to eat! xx

  2. Thankfully I have access to quite a few Sephoras but they've only opened in recent years so I know what it's like not to have any. Love your haul!

    xo, alison*elle

    1. It's horrible isn't it? haha, the closest one to me is in Paris =(
      And thank you, I'm so glad you liked it! xx

  3. So jealous of this haul! First off, I need to get me a Butter London polish. I see them everywhere but the reason I haven't gotten one yet is because I hardly ever paint my nails. I have no patience for it at all! Every time I paint them, I always end up messing them up before they are completely dry. I got that Fresh Sugar duo at the end of last year as a gift and honestly... it did something weird to my lips. I gave the tinted one to my mom and she likes it and I kept the other. It made my lips peel so much even after the treatment. They still have a weird texture and it's been almost a year. I guess it doesn't work for everyone! I have always wanted to try Fat Girl Slim but it's a pretty penny so I will have to see how it works out for you :)

    OMG I can't believe you didn't like Porefessional! I love that stuff! BUT, I do have suuuuuper oily skin so that could be it!?

    Great haul!

    ♥ Brittney @ True Vintage Love

    1. They're my all time favourite nail varnishes, so I rave about them to anyone who'll listen! Let me know when you give them a go! I'd love to hear your opinion!
      That's so strange about the Sugar lip products! I guess your right though, what works for some, won't work for everyone!
      The Fat Girl Slim is really good! Definitely worth the money! They're often on sale on feelunique and sites like that, so keep your eyes peeled for good deals! =) xx

  4. Haha i will never take my sephora for granted again! but in all fairness, at least england has topshop and america only has like...two of those, haha! i haven't tried any of those products you listed- i'm so lame when it comes to makeup. they sound really awesome though. and thank you for your sweet compliment on my blog- it made my day :D

    xo marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    1. You're so welcome! It's such a beautiful blog!
      Yeah, I do often take Topshop for granted actually, maybe I should be a bit more thankful for it in future! =) xx

  5. Omg, so jealous! I've been wanting to get the Daisy Sunshine, as I love the original one too! I just recently bought a NYC jump pencil and it's one of my first NYC products as well! I haven't tried it yet, but I think I'm gonna love it, since you said you like it :)

    xoxo, Aman | coffee chic twitter

    1. It's such a lovely perfume! It's literally what it says on the bottle, a summery, sunshine version of the original, and it smells divine! =)
      Ooh, let me know how you get on with it, I really love mine. I wish I'd got a few more colours now! xx