Sephora Mini Haulage

Sephora got a whole bunch of NEW MAKEUP BRANDS!!!! Well, new to Kuwait, at least. In fact, I could only get my hands on them (in the past) by ordering online, and even then not all the brands were easily accessible. During my visit to Sephora, I noticed that they had Anastasia (which I used to order from Beauty.com back in 2007 before all the hype) and Tarte (also ordered from Beauty.com only much later, around the time when they first introduced the Amazonian Clay Blush) and Becca (never owned anything from this brand before, but I’ve been dying to try the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighters) and Kat Von D (never got a chance to order anything from this brand before either, but apparently everyone loves their Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks), just to name a few. They also sectioned off a whole area focused on skincare with the usual brands, some newer brands, and brands I’ve never even heard of before. Just before the cash register, they had an entire shelf dedicated to Face Masks and Scrubs (namely GlamGlow but there were some other brands including Peter Thomas Roth and Starskin). Best of all, when you queue in line at the check-out counter, instead of it being a straight line, it’s now more of a zigzag, with shelves on either side, chock-full of travel-sized minis of their most-loved and best-selling products!

I got a really cool Makeup Brush from Becca, and one of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks from Kat Von D in an absolutely stunning shade, but while waiting my turn at the new zigzag-y queue, couldn’t resist snatching up yet another travel-sized GlamGlow product. As intended, the zigzag-y queue is meant to sucker us into buying even more products before we leave Sephora. Myself as well as others will probably fall victim to the adorable travel-sized minis at the zigzag-y queue, many times over. So… kudos, Sephora, for your ploy has succeeded!

Becca “The One” Perfecting Brush retails for KD 17/500

From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, creams, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality natural hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product. It can be used effectively as a foundation brush, powder brush, contour brush, bronzer brush, stipple brush, blush brush, fan brush, concealer brush, kabuki, or sponge.

A true beauty multitasker, this patent-pending brush cuts makeup application time in half by replacing 10 other brushes and tools.

With foundation:
-Using the broad side of the brush, sweep foundation horizontally across forehead and then move to cheeks and chin.
-Finish by sweeping vertically down the nose using the narrow surface of the brush.

With highlighter:
-Using the narrow surface of the brush, sweep illuminator down the tops of cheekbones and down the bridge of nose.

With mineral bronzing powder or contour enhancer:
-Using the narrow surface of the brush, sweep brush under cheekbones, down sides of nose, and around temples.

With blush or beach tint:
-Using the corner of the brush, buff into apples of cheeks using a circular motion and blend out.

Becca is and will remain a cruelty-free company. They do not test their products on animals, and will continue to hold true to this principle.

I was extremely taken with The One as soon as I spotted it at the Becca counter. The more unusual and unique Makeup Brushes just seem so intriguing to me and honestly at a glance, Becca “The One” Perfecting Brush seemed somewhat similar to the Nars “Ita” Brush. Granted The One is quite dear at KD 17/500 but according to their claims, it does the job of TEN other Makeup Brushes and Tools! It’s not just another gimmick-y product because The One is actually very well made. I love the fact that the bristles are so densely packed, which means it’s going to be a dream to use, but sadly that also means some shedding is to be expected. I like that the front and back are flat enough for you to lay it on its side without having to worry about the Brush rolling away, and that you can even stand it upright if you so chose. Plus, it just looks pretty cool as it tapers towards the bottom. I believe using this particular Brush to apply Highlight would be… insane, but I definitely wanna’ use it with some of my Bronzers, maybe even to contour. I kinda’ wanted to pick up at least half a dozen Highlighters from Becca (namely Jaclyn Hill’s Champagne Pop) at least, but since I literally just purchased Laura Mercier Indiscretion Face Illuminator at Harvery Nichols (hauled here) I only got Becca “The One” Perfecting Brush… for now. This was my first purchase from Becca but most certainly won’t be the last.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Nosferatu retails for KD 7/500

Meet THE liquid lip that launched a lipstick revolution! The world went matte when Everlasting Liquid Lipstick first debuted: Eye-catching matte lipstick in a comfortable liquid formula with transfer-proof long wear? It was unheard of! 4 years and 40+ shades later, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is still rockin’ hard as Kat Von D’s #1 bestseller and it’s not hard to see why!

Take your pick from 40+ insanely pigmented shades designed for every skin tone—tons of reds (Kat Von D’s fave!), unique color pops you won’t find anywhere else and a full spectrum of nudes including Lolita, the iconic shade that looks beautiful, and different, on everyone.

Unleash high-pigment, long lasting lipstick with an effortless swipe of the doe-footed wand. Everlasting Liquid Lipstick makes it easy to get a crisp, precise lip look. This creamy formula glides over lips like a gloss and sets to a true matte finish, plus it’s packed with natural moisturizers, including Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax. Matte lipstick has never felt so comfortable!

Vegan & Cruelty Free

In my mind, Kat Von D will always be the woman who stole Sandra Bullock‘s husband. As such, I never really felt the need to go out of my way to order any of the products from her brand. That said, people the world over, are pretty much obsessed with Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in addition to several other products from the brand. So when I spotted the Kat Von D counter at Sephora, I decided to take a quick peek. There were so many shades of Everlasting Liquid Lipstick which was a bit overwhelming. I finally decided on one (it was the name that did it for me… also, the color… but mostly the name) called Nosferatu. Since I’ve purchased mine, they seemed to have changed the name (I’m assuming due to copyright issues) from Nosferatu to Nahz Fur Atoo. In any case, Nosferatu is described as a Blood Crimson. Despite myself, I found the packaging absolutely romantic! The outer packaging had an all black background with gray roses (so… grayscale?) with reflective silver print and the actual packaging of the Liquid Lipstick had more roses going down the tube (changing from silver roses on the black cap to black roses as they trailed down the tube) and everything was printed in the “Olde English” (the font of choice favored by Goths, Emos, Scene Kids, etc…) which is appropriate since Kat Von D is a Tattoo Artist and all (that’s her shtick and she does it well, as evident by the the Tatt-themed… everything), I mean, she straight up has an eyeliner called Tattoo Liner. As for the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, its tube is quite long and slim (ideal for on-the-go touch-ups, if you can manage that, which I sadly can’t) and I think it looks pretty sleek. It’s got a handy doe-foot applicator as well.

With that being said, for the life of me, I cannot get a precise application, ever! I always seem to get either one side of my cupid’s bow much higher than the other (therefore making my lips look lopsided) or overdoing it in the corners of my lips and looking the Joker or somehow getting this stuff all over my chin! That wouldn’t even be a problem if this stuff would wipe off like a normal lipstick, but since it’s a Liquid Lipstick with a formula probably created at NASA, this stuff refuses to budge! I have to spend upward of an hour (10 minutes if I’m being honest) just to wipe off a tiny little smudge. Even if I did try to get this stuff completely off my lips, so I could apply a fresh new coat, I’d end up with a light red circle going all the around the circumference of my lips. I experienced this first-hand as I was about to head out to my friend’s wedding and was already late. I had to spend even more time (time that I didn’t have) to get this stuff off so I could apply it more evenly on my second try. Somehow it even ended up on my chin! Even my trusty Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover (reviewed here) was no match for this stuff! It. Was. A. Nightmare.

However, once I got all that sorted, Nosferatu was an absolutely stunning shade! Blood Crimson is the most perfect description for this shade because that’s exactly what it looked like on my lips! It was more of a neutral red with a healthy dose of brown in it, that just compliments my skintone beautifully! Everything from the shade to the name to the packaging is absolutely sublime! If only the application wasn’t so problematic. This was my first purchase from Kat Von D too, but definitely won’t be my last.

GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment (10g travel size) retails for KD 6/000

The SUPERMUD® Clearing Treatment was developed to address common skin concerns, which include blemishes, redness, scars, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The potent mud formula supports skin’s natural oil balance, while a proprietary blend of six acids (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, mandelic acid, pyruvic acid, and tartaric acid) works to help minimize pores and create clearer skin. Activated-X charcoal lifts away dirt and other skin congestions, resulting in a refined, healthy-looking complexion.

Finally, while waiting in the zigzag-y queue facing the check-out counter, I spotted this li’l cutie on one of the shelves. I mean, how cute? <3 As far as I know, these are normally only available in the huge 3.4oz/100g tub, the regular-sized 1.7oz/50g tub, and the travel-size 0.5oz/15g tub. I've never seen them come in an itty-bitty 0.3oz/10g size before and in a squeezy-tube at that. That's why even though I've already got a regular-sized tub (1.7oz/50g) of the GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment (hauled here), I couldn’t resist getting this mini cutie! Generally, my skin tends to behave itself. However, I’ll get the occasional blemish in a new spot every time (it likes to surprise me) as a pre-cursor to “shark week” (that time of the month). Also, whenever I travel, without fail, I’ll somehow acquire THREE (not one, not two, but THREE) zits on my chin (slightly off-center cuz I’m a G), every single time. I think it has something to do with the air that’s being circulated in the plane… or something. As such, rather than sport my newly acquired blemishes for the duration of the trip (any attempts at cover-up just serves to make them even more obvious) I prefer getting rid of them all-together as soon as possible. Hopefully, this’ll help with that.

Becca “The One” Perfecting Brush retails for KD 17/500
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Nosferatu retails for KD 7/500
GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment (10g travel size) retails for KD 6/000

I spent a total of KD 31/000 which all went towards my Sephora Loyalty Card (in-depth review here) which I just recently found again (it was lost).

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