By the title of this, you can probably guess what today’s post is going to be about: my first ever experience with Sephora. I’d been to a few Sephora stores when I was younger, but I could never bring myself to pay their prices. In my mind, I couldn’t understand why you would pay 30$ for an eyeliner, when you could get one for 5$ at the grocery store. It wasn’t until a few years ago when I began to understand how much better some brands were, thus the outrageous prices. Even now, I still find it hard to spend more than 10$ on any product, unless I am 100% certain it will be the holy grail. Take the naked pallets for example. Naked 1 came out about 5 years ago, I just got mine last Christmas (totally worth it). Now that I know the quality, I’m debating investing in the #2, but that another story. The point is, Sephora carries more expensive products, and I’m too afraid to spend my money on uncertainties.
Which is why, when someone gave me a gift card for Christmas, I practically screamed. Though the prices are somewhat cringe worthy, I’d always longed to have some quality products. I spent about a month researching the absolute best products they carried, and weighed each item with the other. I am quite an impulsive person when it comes to purchases, and I wanted to be absolute on what I was going to get; I wanted to make the most of this gift card. I remembered a while back I’d read a bunch of 5 star reviews regarding the Clinique Acne Solutions 3 step system, and was instantly sold. I’ve struggled with acne since the 6th grade, and though it has gone down tremendously, I still have at least 4 little devils on my face at all times. With these products, along with a few others, I figured I could make a little haul out of my adventure.
*I only bought the first 2 steps of the acne solution: it seemed to take a step further than I needed. Though my acne is bad, I find over-treating my face makes it worse*
1. Clinique Acne solutions- Step 1 – Cleansing face bar: I chose this product because it was slightly cheaper than the the foaming soap, and personally I like using a bar more. I feel it lasts longer, and honestly I find it more fun.
2. Clinique Acne Solutions- Step 2 – Clarifying Lotion: This is more or less a toner, but with acne medicine in powder form withing the liquid. It’s been years since I’ve used a toner (because they always dried out my face) so I figured it’d be okay to give this one a change. Bring out the moisturizer
3. Philosophy French Vanilla Bean Shampoo/Shower Gel/Bubble Bath : I bought this with the intent of using it as a Shower Gel, but I ended up trying it as a bubble bath and it was heavenly. It smells like the perfect mix of vanilla and sugar cookies. I am a huge supporter of bath bombs, but never underestimate a bubble bath.
4. Sample: Murad Pore Reform Skin Smoothing Polish: This was simply a coupon code that was running when I made my purchase, and I figured it would be a nice little travel side face treat.
5. More free samples than I can count: Josie Maran argan Matchmaker serum foundation/Dior Nude air 030/ 2 Elizabeth James Nirvana perfumes (black and white)/ 5 single use perfume samples (I guess it was a sale going on when I made my purchase)
Basically, I was extremely happy with my first experience with Sephora. If it turns out these products clear up my face, maybe I’ll do a review. :) Have a spectacular day!