As promised, here is part two of my recent beauty haul adventures! I had been counting down the days to the Sephora VIB sale since basically the last time it happened in November. Surprisingly, I held back and the damage wasn’t too great.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin
Unfortunately, due to my oily eyelids and heavy crease fold, I pretty much have to wear eye primer no matter what kind of eye makeup I do (eye shadow, eye liner, you name it). I am a big fan of the original Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer potion but I had been eyeing the Sin version for a while. I love the idea of using it as a kind of cream eye shadow that needs no primer because it’s built into the product itself.
I decided to bite the bullet and give it a try and it is pretty much as expected. It gives my eyelids a subtle wash of metallic/shimmery taupe-y champagne colour and it lasts all day on me. I’ve only tried it once with shadow and it seems to perform more or less the same as a regular eye shadow primer. However, for me, I think I’ll be using it more as a standalone shadow to give my eyes an extra little something special on days when I don’t want to wear much makeup.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal
I haven’t tried that many highlighters, but guys, I’m calling it. This is my favourite highlighter ever. I got the deluxe sample size to try about a year ago and I love it so much, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase the full size, even though it’s almost $50! I would describe Opal as a pure champagne colour. It’s not too yellow or gold, and not too dark or light for my light to medium skin tone.
While I adore a lot of cream/liquid highlighters, this is the only powder formula/colour I’ve really fallen completely in love with. And since my sensitive skin can only tolerate using cream/liquid products sparingly, this is the only highlighter I know I could use every day and never get tired of.
Becca Backlight Filter Face Primer
Speaking of Becca highlighters, since I’m on a real glowy, dewy skin kick and I am a big fan of their highlighters, I decided to pick up the mini version of their backlight filter primer to try. On days where I don’t wear a ton of makeup, I find using a straight-up powder highlighter can look a bit harsh and I was hoping this product could give me an appropriate all-over glow.
My favourite way to wear this is just to add a bit to the perimeter of my face, and then concealer to the centre of my face, since I tend to get oilier there. Since I’m not using it for its priming properties, I can’t really comment on how well it works for that, but it dries down completely without being tacky. I wish it gave off a tiny bit more sheen, but if you’re looking for a subtle glow, this is it.
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ in Light
I heard so many people talking about this product, so I bought the tiny travel version of this CC cream last year just to try. I have a holy grail foundation (Lancome Teint Idole Ultra) but I do find that the coverage is higher and more matte than what I want for certain occasions. This is a really nice sheer to medium coverage and gives a somewhat dewy finish. I have to be careful with product though. These days, I’m all about that dewy glow, but if I use this on days when I’m particularly oily, I’ll look like a slick mess within 30 minutes.
Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream
This is a repurchase for me. I’ve talked about this product before. It’s my go-to facial moisturizer and quenches my dehydrated yet oily/combo skin like no other. I just love it! The last time I stocked up was during the last VIB sale in November and I already need to restock. I guess winter will do that to you!
So what did you end up purchasing during Sephora’s spring sale? I’m actually really proud of myself and the fact that I didn’t get that much stuff. And while I was quite tempted to indulge in some unnecessary lipsticks, I held myself back. I mean, this deserves a trip to Sephora as a reward, right guys? Anyone?